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 for tetrodotoxin
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
        [1913 Webster]
     2. One who is employed by the owner or seller of goods sold
        at suction to bid up the price; a by-bidder. --Bouvier.
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
            [1913 Webster]
     4. (Dyeing) A kier.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Toxin \Tox"in\, Toxine \Tox"ine\, n. [Gr. toxiko`n. See Toxic.
     A poisonous product formed by an organism, such as a
     pathogenic bacterium, a plant or an animal, usually having a
     high molecular weight, often a protein or a polysaccharide,
     but occasionally a low-molecular weight agent such as

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  blowfish \blow"fish\ n.
     1. a fish eaten as a delicacy, especially in Japan. It is
        highly dangerous because of a potent nerve poison
        (tetrodotoxin) in its ovaries and liver. Chefs require
        special training to learn how to remove the poisonous
        parts, and in Japan they must be licensed.
     Note: In Japan it is called fugu. Deaths due to ingestion
           of the meat of this fish occur almost every year.
     Syn: sea squab, puffer, puffer fish.
          [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]
     2. any of numerous marine fishes of the family
        Tetraodontidae whose elongated spiny body can inflate
        itself with water or air to form a globe; several species
        contain tetrodotoxin, a potent nerve poison; they are
        closely related to spiny puffers.
     Syn: puffer, globefish.
          [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a powerful neurotoxin found in the ovaries of pufferfish

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