Definition of mudfish in English:


nounplural noun mudfish, plural noun mudfishes

  • 1Any of a number of elongated fish that are able to survive long periods of drought by burrowing in the mud.

    a New Zealand fish (genus Neochanna, family Galaxiidae)
    an African lungfish (Protopterus annectens, family Protopteridae)

    ‘They are later harvested, but fish diversity is reduced as the fishermen's catch is dominated by mudfish, a hardy member of the catfish family that survives in dried-up river- and lakebeds.’
    • ‘The loss of 85 – 95% of New Zealand’s original wetlands were disastrous for mudfish habitats.’
    • ‘The mudfish was a common motif in Benin art, sometimes acting as a royal symbol.’
  • 2

    another term for bowfin



/ˈmədˌfiSH/ /ˈmədˌfɪʃ/