Definition of cowfish in English:



  • 1A boxfish with hornlike spines on the head.

    Several genera and species in the family Ostraciontidae, in particular Lactoria diaphana

    • ‘Boxfish, also known cowfish, can be found in warm ocean waters, where they linger near the seafloor.’
    • ‘The specimen is identified as a cowfish based on several morphological characteristics.’
    • ‘From the cowfish we see that fish are named arbitrarily, and it's up to them thereafter.’
    • ‘In some boxfishes, such as the aptly named cowfishes, the keels extend forward, beyond the body, to form sharp horns.’
  • 2A marine mammal, especially a manatee.