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 for swellfish
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
        commendation.
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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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Swellfish \Swell"fish`\, n. (Zool.)
     Any plectognath fish that dilates itself, as the bur fish,
     puffer, or diodon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bur fish \Bur" fish`\ (Zool.)
     A spinose, plectognath fish of the Allantic coast of the
     United States (esp. Chilo mycterus geometricus) having the
     power of distending its body with water or air, so as to
     resemble a chestnut bur; -- called also ball fish, balloon
     fish, and swellfish.
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