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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 but·ter·fish /-ˌfɪʃ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 But·ter·fish n. Zool. A name given to several different fishes, in allusion to their slippery coating of mucus, as the Stromateus triacanthus of the Atlantic coast, the Epinephelus punctatus of the southern coast, the rock eel, and the kelpfish of New Zealand.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: any of numerous small flat Atlantic food fish having smooth
      2: small marine fish with a short smooth-scaled compressed body
         and feeble spines [syn: stromateid fish, stromateid]
      3: slippery scaleless food fish of the northern Atlantic
         coastal waters [syn: rock gunnel, Pholis gunnellus]
      [also: butterfishes (pl)]