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butterflyfish

[buht-er-flahy-fish] /ˈbʌt ərˌflaɪˌfɪʃ/
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 of butterflyfish
1730-1740
1730-40; butterfly + fish
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Examples from the web for butterflyfish
  • Reef butterflyfish and bank butterflyfish were less abundant, but consistently present, in the area.
  • The reefs support numerous butterflyfish and surgeonfish species.
British Dictionary definitions for butterflyfish

butterflyfish

noun
1.
any small tropical marine percoid fish of the genera Chaetodon, Chelmon, etc, that has a deep flattened brightly coloured or strikingly marked body and brushlike teeth: family Chaetodontidae See also angelfish (sense 1)
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