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definition of the word fish

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A Fish (Coho Salmon)

From Old English fisc < Proto-Germanic *fiskaz < Proto-Indo-European *peisk-, *pisk-. Cognate with Dutch vis, German Fisch, Swedish fisk. The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin piscis, Russian пискарь, Irish iasc.


collectively (UK) fish or (US) and when referring to two or more kinds fishes or informally fishies

fish (collectively (UK) fish or (US) and when referring to two or more kinds fishes or informally fishies)

  1. (countable) A cold-blooded vertebrate animal that lives in water, moving with the help of fins and breathing with gills.
    We have many fish in our aquarium.
  2. (possibly archaic) Any vertebrate that lives in water and cannot live outside it.
  3. (collectively) Plural form of fish.
  4. (uncountable) The flesh of the fish used as food.
    The seafood pasta had lots of fish but not enough pasta.
  5. (countable) A period of time spent fishing.
    The fish at the lake didn't prove successful.
  6. (countable) An instance of seeking something.
    Merely two fishes for information told the whole story.
  7. (uncountable) A card game in which the object is to obtain pairs of cards.
  8. (uncountable, derogatory, slang) Women.
  9. (slang) An easy victim for swindling.

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