filefish

filefish

[fahyl-fish]
noun, plural (especially collectively) filefish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) filefishes.
1.
any of several flattened marine fishes of the family Monacanthidae, having an elongated head with a small mouth and small, spiny scales.
2.
a triggerfish.

Origin:
1765–75; file2 + fish

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filefish (ˈfaɪlˌfɪʃ)
 
n , pl -fish, -fishes
any tropical triggerfish, such as Alutera scripta, having a narrow compressed body and a very long dorsal spine
 
[C18: referring to its file-like scales]

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filefish

any of the shore-frequenting marine fishes of the family Monacanthidae, found in warm seas around the world. Close relatives of the triggerfishes, they are sometimes included with them in the family Balistidae.

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