Definition of cowfish in US English:


nounPlural cowfishes

  • A boxfish with spines that resemble horns on the head, and typically with other spines on the back and sides.

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

    • ‘From the cowfish we see that fish are named arbitrarily, and it's up to them thereafter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In some boxfishes, such as the aptly named cowfishes, the keels extend forward, beyond the body, to form sharp horns.’