goatfish [goht-fish] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural goat·fish·es, (especially collectively) goat·fish.

  1. any tropical and subtropical marine fish of the family Mullidae, having a pair of long barbels below the mouth.

Origin of goatfish First recorded in 1630–40; goat + fish Also called red mullet. Examples from the Web for goatfish Historical Examples of goatfish

  • In the goatfish and surmullet the two chin barbels are highly specialized.

    A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)

    David Starr Jordan

  • British Dictionary definitions for goatfish goatfish noun plural -fish or -fishes

    1. the US name for the red mullet

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