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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.

  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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also blow-fish, 1862, American English, from blow (v.1) + fish (n.).\n\nThen he described another odd product of the bay, that was known as the blow-fish, and had the power of inflating himself with air when taken out of the water.

["The Young Nimrods in North America," New York, 1881]


n. 1 Any species of fish of the family Tetraodontidae that have the ability to inflate themselves to a globe several times their normal size by swallowing water or air when threatened. 2 A delicacy popular in Japan, consisting of the fish served raw as sushi. It may, if improperly prepared, contain deadly levels of neurotoxins.

  1. n. delicacy that is highly dangerous because of a potent nerve poison in ovaries and liver [syn: sea squab, puffer]

  2. any of numerous marine fishes whose elongated spiny body can inflate itself with water or air to form a globe; several species contain a potent nerve poison; closely related to spiny puffers [syn: puffer, globefish]

  3. [also: blowfishes (pl)]

Blowfish (disambiguation)

Blowfish are species of fish in the Tetraodontidae family.

Blowfish may also refer to:

  • Blowfish (cipher), an encryption algorithm
  • Blowfish (company), an American erotic goods supplier
  • The Blowfish, a satirical newspaper at Brandeis University
  • Lexington County Blowfish, a baseball team
Blowfish (cipher)

Blowfish is a symmetric-key block cipher, designed in 1993 by Bruce Schneier and included in a large number of cipher suites and encryption products. Blowfish provides a good encryption rate in software and no effective cryptanalysis of it has been found to date. However, the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) now receives more attention.

Schneier designed Blowfish as a general-purpose algorithm, intended as an alternative to the aging DES and free of the problems and constraints associated with other algorithms. At the time Blowfish was released, many other designs were proprietary, encumbered by patents or were commercial or government secrets. Schneier has stated that, "Blowfish is unpatented, and will remain so in all countries. The algorithm is hereby placed in the public domain, and can be freely used by anyone."

Notable features of the design include key-dependent S-boxes and a highly complex key schedule.

Blowfish (company)

Blowfish is an online sex toy catalog offering erotic toys, books, supplies and videos.

Usage examples of "blowfish".

In reality, there was no such thing as an avenging blowfish, which made it a perfect name for a covert baseball team preparing for a game that might not exist.

Avenging Blowfish looked at curiously as we stood around the pool table with bottles of beer, like members of the Allied Supreme Command preparing for a final strike against Nazi Germany.

They knew one another from previous Blowfish missions, and she liked to flirt with them over the radio.

I could see us up all night on the deck of the Blowfish, running out of saber-saw blades.

Tried to send some boats up the channel to get us from that direction, but Jim blocked the deep part of the river with the Blowfish and they skragged one of their propellers on an old oil drum.

Fisk - and the Blowfish and the truck from the hardware store and a Lincoln with two rent-a-dicks all converged on Blue Kills Beach.

Then we went back to the Blowfish, which blazed with light and cast a heavenly garlic smell across the water.

We went out to the Blowfish, picked up a portable pump and motored back in toward shore.

What they came up with was this: several state troopers and Blue Kills policemen took a coast guard boat out to the Blowfish - which a trooper boarded, just to show the flag - and then their boat escorted us way around to the north and into a dock that was part of Blue Kills proper, not Blue Kills Beach.

On the Blowfish, I chatted with Dick, the state trooper, a pretty affable guy of about forty.

He was always happy to visit Boston and was coming east anyway, to work with the Blowfish in Buffalo.

Up at the Falls, she and the Blowfish people had some big splashy affair planned for the media, involving Canadians and Indians.

I dropped Alan and Debbie off at the marina where the Blowfish was parked.

Debbie went out on the boat to plan the Niagara gig, while Alan and I, along with Frank, the largest member of the Blowfish crew, took the U-Haul outside of town to a big home-and-garden store.

At the moment it had the serious expression of somebody who could authenticate fake blowfish spine necklaces and make it stick.