Definition of monkfish in US English:



  • 1A bottom-dwelling anglerfish of European waters.

    Lophius piscatorius, family Lophiidae

    • ‘Deep-water species such as the monkfish and the orange roughy are at risk, as it can take decades before a fish is old enough to breed.’
    • ‘An albino monkfish was also landed and while this is rare in itself and even more unique feature of this fish is the fact that it had no eyes.’
    • ‘He was head-hunted for the British team from his job trawling for prawns and monkfish in the North Sea.’
    • ‘Additionally from Wednesday last Ireland's fishing industry was ordered to stop fishing for monkfish, prawns, white pollack and megrims as the country's quota for the current year had already been reached.’
    • ‘There was a time when anglers went to Tralee Bay just to catch the true monkfish.’
    1. 1.1 Monkfish as food.
      • ‘In the nourishing-winter-stew category, my favorite dish was a mass of oxtail sandwiched among layers of ravioli skins, with two pieces of seared monkfish on top.’
      • ‘For a main course, pan-fried monkfish with wild mushrooms and crayfish butter sauce is paired with an Australian Pinot Noir.’
      • ‘Daily specials include the likes of Dover sole, sea bass and monkfish and there's a healthy feel about the whole menu.’
      • ‘I had the monkfish wrapped in Parma ham which was a mouth-watering sensation.’
      • ‘Season the monkfish and squid with salt and pepper and cook for two minutes in the same pan.’
    2. 1.2
      another term for goosefish, especially when referring to monkfish as food


Late 16th century: from monk and fish (from the supposed resemblance of the head of the fish to that of a cowled monk).