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fugu

(fo͞o′go͞o)
n.
Any of various pufferfishes that are used as food, especially in Japan, after the poisonous skin and organs have been removed.
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pufferfish

A fish that inflates itself into a balloon-like shape as a defence mechanism. Raw pufferfish is a delicacy in Japan, where an estimated 10,000 tons are consumed/year. Some fugu parts—intestine, liver, ovaries, skin—have a high concentration of tetrodotoxin, a selective sodium channel blocker that blocks the neuromuscular junction, causing numbness, motor weakness, ataxia, respiratory paralysis, coma and death.
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In reality, the risk of death from eating fugu prepared by a trained chef is minimal.
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A myth circulating among Lebanon's fishermen says that the fish appeared in the Mediterranean after Israel, which was supposedly raising fugu in fish farms for Japan, released them into the sea when Japan had enough domestic supply of fugu.
And that's before we've even considered the prospect of tucking into some potentially deadly 'fugu' or pufferfish.
Three restaurants were promoted from two to three stars, among them Usukifugu Yamadaya, whose speciality is fugu -- puffer fish that can be lethal if improperly prepared.
The family of Baba Fugu Mohammed, a respected community leader, told Al Jazeera that he was among those put to death outside the police station.
"Is my tea ready, love?" "Nearly, husband san, it's on the spin cycle" Fugu comes out of the sea looking something like a wet shoebox but has the ability to puff up into a ball with its fins sticking out.