Definition of icefish in English:


(also ice-fish)

Pronunciation /ˈīsˌfiSH/ /ˈaɪsˌfɪʃ/

Translate icefish into Spanish

nounicefish, icefishes

  • 1A scaleless Antarctic fish of pallid appearance with spiny gill covers and a snout shaped like a duck's bill.

    Chaenocephalus aceratus, family Chaenichthyidae

    ‘Changes to certain residues in ß-tubulin have been suggested to confer cold stability on the MTs of Antarctic icefishes.’
    • ‘How do Anarctic icefish survive in freezing water?’
  • 2

    another name for capelin

    ‘Below the ocean surface lies an even greater diversity of life, replete with corals, sponges and barnacles, as well as icefish and toothfish.’
    another name for capelin
    • ‘I lobbed an unweighted icefish with an awkward flip of the heavy boat rod.’
    • ‘He finds Simon standing alone by the rack of aquariums, tending their captives - the Antarctic limpets, and a lone, prize icefish.’
    • ‘Hb is present in all vertebrates investigated so far, with the exception of some icefish species.’

intransitive verb

[no object]
  • Fish through holes in the ice on a frozen lake or river.

    ‘I'm taking a couple of my scouts up to ice-fish, to finish off their fishing merit badge’
    • ‘ice-fish for perch’