butter-flyfish

butterflyfish

[buht-er-flahy-fish]
noun, plural (especially collectively) butterflyfishes (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) butterflyfish.
1.
any tropical marine fish of the family Chaetodontidae, having large, broad fins or brilliant coloration, or both.
3.
a blenny, Blennius ocellaris, of Europe.

Origin:
1730–40; butterfly + fish

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butterflyfish

noun
tropical fish with huge fanlike pectoral fins for underwater gliding; unrelated to searobins [syn: flying gurnard
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