[[t]ˈtaɪlˌfɪʃ[/t]] n. pl. (esp. collectively)-fish, (esp. for kinds or species)-fish•es.
1) ich a large, brilliantly colored food fish, Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps, of deep Atlantic waters, having a flap on the head
2) ich any of several related fishes
Etymology: 1880–85, amer.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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