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angelfish

[eyn-juh l-fish] /ˈeɪn dʒəlˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) angelfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) angelfishes.
1.
a South American freshwater fish, genus Pterophyllum, often kept in aquariums.
Compare scalare.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; angel + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for angel fish

angelfish

/ˈeɪndʒəlˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
any of various small tropical marine percoid fishes of the genus Pomacanthus and related genera, which have a deep flattened brightly coloured body and brushlike teeth: family Chaetodontidae See also butterflyfish
2.
Also called scalare. a South American cichlid, Pterophyllum scalare, of the Amazon region, having a compressed body and large dorsal and anal fins: a popular aquarium fish
3.
another name for angel shark
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Word Origin and History for angel fish

angelfish

n.

also angel-fish, 1660s, from angel + fish (n.); so called for its "wings."

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