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[dam-zuh l-fish] /ˈdæm zəlˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) damselfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) damselfishes.
any of several chiefly tropical, brilliantly colored, marine fishes of the family Pomacentridae, living among coral reefs.
Also called demoiselle.
Origin of damselfish
1900-05; damsel + fish Unabridged
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  • Inch-long damselfish nip at a diver's facemask, attempting to chase her away from its carefully tended algae garden.
  • The size of the plotted circle for each station describes the number of damselfish observed.
British Dictionary definitions for damselfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
any small tropical percoid fish of the family Pomacentridae, having a brightly coloured deep compressed body See also anemone fish
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