Any fish of the bony fish order Lophiiformes. These fish use an outgrowth that can be wiggled so as to resemble a prey animal to lure and catch their prey.
Syn: monkfish, goosefish, fishing-frog, Lophius piscatorius, frog-fish, sea-devil
See Also: angler, fish

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