Definition of puppy-fish in English:

puppy-fish

noun

rare
  • 1An angel shark or monkfish (family Squatinidae).

  • 2Jamaican a kind of butterfish (family Stromateidae), perhaps a harvestfish (genus Peprilus).

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Francis Day (1829–1889), military surgeon and ichthyologist.