1) any chordate below the tetrapods. A poikilothermic aquatic chordate breathing by means of gills throughout life (accessory organs may be used) and having limbs, if any, in the form of fins. For convenience, lancelets, lampreys and hagfishes are considered fishes along with sharks, rays, chimaeras and bony fishes. The word fish has been used in popular English for a almost a thousand years (A.D. 1010). Where one species of fish is involved the plural is fish, where several species of fish are involved the plural is fishes. This practice is not always strictly adhered to. Fish is also used in a broad sense of aquatic animals, both vertebrate and invertebrate, particularly those which are fished for, such as whales and molluscs, as well as ordinary fishes (see below). To distinguish the true fishes in this context the term finfish is used4) the flesh of fish used as food5) a gullible person6) a card game7) a counter or marker at cards, often fish-shaped9) a piece of timber used to strengthen a mast or spar when sprung, often somewhat fish-shaped10) a machine for hoisting the flukes of the anchor to the bow11) a prostitute; probably from the resemblance of the word to flesh12) a corpse, especially one taken from water13) to splice as rails, with a fish-joint15) to search for loot17) slang for a new prisoner21) the twelfth sign of the zodiac (about 19 February to 20 March)22) a surname24) abbreviation for fluorescence in situ hybridisation, the use of fluorescent tags to detect hybridisation of probes with metaphase chromosomes and with the less-condensed somatic interphase chromatin27) a bad poker player28) Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua, once such a mainstay of the economy and life in Atlantic Canada that is was referred to simply as fish. See also 79 below.fish29) slang for a dollar30) meat having the qualities of fish, e.g. a beaver tail is fish but an otter tail is flesh or meat34) an attractive male human; a hot guy35) surreal or random. From the joke "How many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb?" "How many?" "Fish"37) used as an exclamation of anger to replace potentially offensive words; presumably from "By God\'s flesh"38) freshman39) novice, beginner40) newcomer41) foreigner43) <>< - as an e-mail symbol44) ghoti (pronounced as fish; an indication of the complexity and inconsistency of the English language attributed to George Bernard Shaw - gh as in cough, o as in women and ti as in nation means ghoti can be pronounced as fish (and other words have been cited such as trough, rough, laugh, station, etc., the original has not been tracked down))45) according to the Fisheries Act in Canada, fish includes fish, shellfish, crustaceans, marine animals and any parts of fish, shellfish, crustaceans or marine animals, and the eggs, sperm, spawn, larvae, spat and juvenile stages of fish, shellfish, crustaceans and marine animals47) a submarine49) a person (poor fish, queer fish, cold fish, loose fish, etc.)51) British code name for German teleprinter ciphers in the Second World War. From Fibonacci shrinking. See also tunny and sturgeon53) to search for something under water by dredging, diving or some other method54) to draw or pull out of water55) to curry favour or ingratiate oneself57) to search for something64) a flat plate of iron or wood set across a joint to strengthen it, as in railway construction; a fish plate, q.v65) a yellow, oilskin raincoat or slicker. So-named because of a trademark66) a seaman. See also scaly fish67) a woman; probably from the resemblance of the word to flesh69) the Australian train between Sydney and Blue Mountain communities. Apparently several of the first crew had names related to fish70) female pudenda (slang)71) the penis (slang)72) a Roman Catholic, in a derogatory sense since they ate fish every Friday for religious reasons. See also fish-eater73) an array programming language74) files transferred over shell protocol is a protocol to transfer files between computers and manage remote files77) American English slang for an African American78) to crib or copy someone else\'s work
Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.