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Fish (noun)

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Fish. n.s. [ꝼıꞅc, Saxon; visch, Dutch.] An animal that inhabits the water.

The beasts, the fishes, and the winged fowls,
Are their males subjects.
Shakes. Comedy of Errours.

I fight when I cannot chuse, and I eat no fish. Sh. K. Lear.

And now the fish ignoble fates escape,
Since Venus ow'd her safety to their shape.

There are fishes, that have wings, that are not strangers to the airy region; and there are some birds that are inhabitants of the water, whose blood is cold as fishes; and their flesh is so like in taste, that the scrupulous are allowed them on fish-days. Locke.

Sources: Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors (24) · Creech, Thomas (12) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Locke, John (269)

Attributes: Dutch (90) · Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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