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Definition of "pigfish" []

  • A North American grunt (Orthopristis chrysoptera) with a piglike mouth, found along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States and important as a food fish. Also called hogfish. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pigfish" in a sentence
  • "In the vicinity of Wilmington, considerable line fishing is done at times on the blackfish banks located several miles off shore, sea bass, grunts and pigfish being the species taken."
  • "Dolphins, rock-cod, pigfish, and blackfish may be caught as quickly as they can be hauled out."
  • ""After the seaweed beds died off, horse mackerels and striped pigfish quickly swam away," says fisherman Mitsugi Tomita, 70."