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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.


n. blowfish: a delicacy popular in Japan served raw as sushi that may, if improperly prepared, contain deadly levels of neurotoxins.


n. delicacy highly prized in Japan but highly dangerous


is the Japanese word for pufferfish and the dish prepared from it, normally species of genus Takifugu, Lagocephalus, or Sphoeroides, or porcupinefish of the genus Diodon. Fugu can be lethally poisonous due to its tetrodotoxin; therefore, it must be carefully prepared to remove toxic parts and to avoid contaminating the meat.

The restaurant preparation of fugu is strictly controlled by law in Japan and several other countries, and only chefs who have qualified after three or more years of rigorous training are allowed to prepare the fish. Domestic preparation occasionally leads to accidental death.

Fugu is served as sashimi and chirinabe. Some consider the liver to be the tastiest part, but it is also the most poisonous, and serving this organ in restaurants was banned in Japan in 1984. Fugu has become one of the most celebrated and notorious dishes in Japanese cuisine.

Fugu (disambiguation)

Fugu is a pufferfish and the dish prepared from it.

Fugu may also refer to:

  • Fugu (software), an SFTP client
  • Fugu (vodka), a distilled spirit from the Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego, CA USA
  • Fugu County, a county in Yulin, Shaanxi, China
  • Fugu Plan, a Japanese plan to re-settle European Jews in Asia
  • Ghanaian smock or fugu, a plaid shirt that is similar to the dashiki
  • Mehdi Zannad, Singer
Fugu (software)

Fugu is an SFTP client for Mac OS X developed by the University of Michigan's Research Systems Unix Group (RSUG). It is a graphical shell for OpenSSH tools that provides a simple interface to all of the features that SSH has.

The name of the program is an homage to the Blowfish encryption algorithm used by OpenSSH, as a fugu is a type of blowfish.

Usage examples of "fugu".

Because of the dangerous properties of the fish, every fugu restaurant has to be manned by experts and be registered with the State.

There followed various side-dishes containing other parts of the fish, and more sake, but this time containing raw fugu fins.

The man who stole my wallet was in the fugu restaurant last night, and he's now a mile behind on a motor-cycle - or I'll eat my hat.

In fact, she found Bernard Godwin altogether fascinating, but after the incident in the fugu restaurant when he had so effortlessly seen through her, she was careful not to let him know this.

According to Deke, she had been poisoned by a complex organic doku, a toxin, usually lethal, whose main elements had been distilled from monkshood and the poison in fugu, Japanese blowfish.

The Japanese consider Fugu sashimi an exquisite delicacy that, properly prepared, will cause one's lips to tingle, one's senses to soar, and produces a pleasant near-death experience for the adventurous gourmand.