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 for globefish
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Globefish \Globe"fish`\, n. (Zool.)
     A plectognath fish of the genera Diodon, Tetrodon, and
     allied genera. The globefishes can suck in water or air and
     distend the body to a more or less globular form. Called also
     porcupine fish, and sea hedgehog. See Diodon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Puffer \Puff"er\, n.
     1. One who puffs; one who praises with noisy or extravagant
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     2. One who is employed by the owner or seller of goods sold
        at suction to bid up the price; a by-bidder. --Bouvier.
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     3. (Zool.)
        (a) Any plectognath fish which inflates its body, as the
            species of Tetrodon and Diodon of the family
            Tetraodontidae; -- called also blower,
            puff-fish, swellfish, and globefish. They are
            highly poisonous due to the presence of glands
            containing a potent toxin, tetrodotoxin.
            Nevertheless they are eaten as a delicacy in Japan,
            being prepared by specially licensed chefs who remove
            the poison glands.
        (b) The common, or harbor, porpoise.
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     4. (Dyeing) A kier.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: any of numerous marine fishes whose elongated spiny body
           can inflate itself with water or air to form a globe;
           several species contain a potent nerve poison; closely
           related to spiny puffers [syn: puffer, pufferfish,
           blowfish, globefish]

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