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[drag-uh-net, drag-uh-nit] /ˌdræg əˈnɛt, ˈdræg ə nɪt/
any fish of the genus Callionymus, the species of which are small and usually brightly colored.
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French; see dragon, -et Unabridged
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any small spiny-finned fish of the family Callionymidae, having a flat head and a slender tapering brightly coloured body and living at the bottom of shallow seas
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C14 (meaning: small dragon): from French; applied to fish C18
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any of about 40 species of marine fishes constituting the family Callionymidae (order Perciformes), found in warm temperate or tropical areas, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region. Dragonets characteristically have large and elongated fins, large, flattened heads, and small gills that are mere rounded openings. Dragonets are scaleless. The males may be brightly coloured once sexually mature, in contrast to the usually drab females. Most species are bottom dwellers, frequently burying themselves in sand in shallow areas. A few species are found in deep waters, however. The eggs are unusual in that they are pelagic, floating in the open water until they hatch.

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