porcupine fish definition

  • noun:
    • some of numerous tropical marine fishes of the family members Diodontidae, having strong razor-sharp spines on the body and effective at inflating themselves whenever assaulted.
    • any plectognath seafood getting the body covered with spines which come to be erect if the human body is inflated. See Diodon, and Globefish.
    • A diodontoid seafood, as Diodon hystrix, whoever epidermis is studded with prickles; a sea-porcupine. The various types inhabit tropical seas. See Diodontid√¶, and slices under Diodon and swell-fish.
    • spines become erect as soon as the human body is inflated; worldwide in warm oceans
    • spines come to be erect if the body is inflated; globally in hot oceans

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