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Dictionary Definition



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

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. someone or something that puffs
  2. any of several poisonous fish, of the family Tetraodontidae, which have the ability to puff themselves up when in danger.


someone or something that puffs
any of the poisonous fish of the family Tetraodontidae

Extensive Definition

Puffer may mean:
  • Inhaler, a medical device used for delivering medication into the body via the lungs
  • Pufferfish, a type of fish which can inflate itself as a defence mechanism
  • Clyde puffer, a type of cargo ship used in the Clyde estuary and off the west coast of Scotland
  • USS Puffer, two submarine vessels of the United States Navy
  • Puffer, an enemy from the Metroid series
  • Puffer, name for a particular type of German Wheellock pistol, usually from Nuremberg or Augsburg
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