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[fahyl-fish] /ˈfaɪlˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) filefish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) filefishes.
any of several flattened marine fishes of the family Monacanthidae, having an elongated head with a small mouth and small, spiny scales.
a triggerfish.
1765-75; file2 + fish Unabridged
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noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
any tropical triggerfish, such as Alutera scripta, having a narrow compressed body and a very long dorsal spine
Word Origin
C18: referring to its file-like scales
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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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