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[eyn-juh l-fish] /ˈeɪn dʒəlˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) angelfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) angelfishes.
a South American freshwater fish, genus Pterophyllum, often kept in aquariums.
Compare scalare.
1660-70; angel + fish Unabridged
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Examples from the web for angelfish
  • Around the corals are angelfish, jacks, snapper and patrolling barracuda.
  • Colorful angelfish, spadefish and coral-eating parrotfish are all common sights on the reef.
  • Gaze at the vivid yellows, blues, and psychedelic swirls of a single emperor angelfish and you'll sense the whimsy of evolution.
  • They have thin, disk-shaped bodies that closely resemble their equally recognizable cousins, the angelfish.
  • We spent the first afternoon lolling about above a shallow reef, snorkeling, watching angelfish and puffer fish swim below us.
  • For example, angelfish have a characteristic flat shape that optimizes their ability to dart and change direction.
British Dictionary definitions for angelfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
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
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
another name for angel shark

angel shark

any of several sharks constituting the family Squatinidae, such as Squatina squatina, that have very large flattened pectoral fins and occur in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans Also called monkfish
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Word Origin and History for angelfish

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

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