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- Any fish of the order Siluriformes, that are mainly found in freshwater, are without scales, and have barbels like whiskers around the mouth.
type of fish
- (Internet, slang) To create a fake online profile to seduce someone (from the 2010 documentary Catfish)
2013 January 17, Mary Pilon, “In Te’o Story, Deception Ripped From the Screen”, The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- Getting catfished is when someone falls for a person online who is not necessarily real. It can involve pictures, phone calls, social media profiles, text messages, e-mails and even phony friends or family members.
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