Definitions for catfishˈkætˌfɪʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cat•fishˈkætˌfɪʃ(n. pl.)-fish; -fish•es.

  1. any of numerous scaleless fishes of the order Siluriformes, with barbels around the mouth resembling cat's whiskers.

    Category: Ichthyology

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. catfish, mudcat(noun)

    flesh of scaleless food fish of the southern United States; often farmed

  2. wolffish, wolf fish, catfish(noun)

    large ferocious northern deep-sea food fishes with strong teeth and no pelvic fins

  3. catfish, siluriform fish(noun)

    any of numerous mostly freshwater bottom-living fishes of Eurasia and North America with barbels like whiskers around the mouth


  1. catfish(Noun)

    Any fish of the order Siluriformes, that are mainly found in freshwater, are without scales, and have barbels like whiskers around the mouth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Catfish(noun)

    a name given in the United States to various species of siluroid fishes; as, the yellow cat (Amiurus natalis); the bind cat (Gronias nigrilabrus); the mud cat (Pilodictic oilwaris), the stone cat (Noturus flavus); the sea cat (Arius felis), etc. This name is also sometimes applied to the wolf fish. See Bullhrad


  1. Catfish

    Catfishes are a diverse group of ray-finned fish. Named for their prominent barbels, which resemble a cat's whiskers, catfish range in size and behavior from the heaviest and longest, the Mekong giant catfish from Southeast Asia and the second longest, the wels catfish of Eurasia, to detritivores, and even to a tiny parasitic species commonly called the candiru, Vandellia cirrhosa. There are armour-plated types and also naked types, neither having scales. Despite their name, not all catfish have prominent barbels; members of the Siluriformes order are defined by features of the skull and swimbladder. Catfish are of considerable commercial importance; many of the larger species are farmed or fished for food. Many of the smaller species, particularly the genus Corydoras, are important in the aquarium hobby. Catfish are nocturnal.

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any of a family of scaleless fish with long feelers round the mouth.

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