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ground +‎ fish


groundfish pl (plural only)

  1. (fishing) Fish that swim near the seafloor
    • 2007 February 14, “Correction: Sea Sends Distress Call in One-Note Chowders”, in New York Times[1]:
      Boats catching groundfish — fish near the ocean bottom including cod, haddock and halibut — catch thousands of pounds of fish at a time.


groundfish (third-person singular simple present groundfishes, present participle groundfishing, simple past and past participle groundfished)

  1. (fishing) To fish for groundfish
    • 2004, January 1, “Bob Bernstein”, in Pumping out the heat[2]:
      Earl, who has lobstered, scalloped, groundfished and run tugs most of his life, is half joking.

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