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

  Monkfish \Monk"fish\, n. (Zool.)
     (a) The angel fish ({Squatina).
     (b) The angler ({Lophius), esp. the goosefishes Lophius
         Americanus in America and Lophius piscatorius in
         Europe, used for food. --[MW10]
         [1913 Webster +PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Angler \An"gler\, n.
     1. One who angles.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Zool.) A fish ({Lophius piscatorius), of Europe and
        America, having a large, broad, and depressed head, with
        the mouth very large. Peculiar appendages on the head are
        said to be used to entice fishes within reach. Called also
        fishing frog, frogfish, toadfish, goosefish,
        allmouth, monkfish, etc.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  monkfish
      n 1: flesh of a large-headed anglerfish of the Atlantic waters
           of North America
      2: fishes having large mouths with a wormlike filament attached
         for luring prey [syn: goosefish, angler, anglerfish,
         angler fish, monkfish, lotte, allmouth, Lophius
         Americanus]
      3: sharks with broad flat bodies and winglike pectoral fins but
         that swim the way sharks do [syn: angel shark, angelfish,
         Squatina squatina, monkfish]

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