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[lahy-uh n-fish] /ˈlaɪ ənˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural lionfishes (especially collectively) lionfish.
a brightly striped scorpionfish of the genus Pterois, especially P. volitans, of the Indo-Pacific region, having long, flamboyant, venomous spiny fins.
an Atlantic scorpionfish, Scorpaena grandicornis.
Origin of lionfish
1905-10 lion + fish Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lionfish
  • Species to spot include lionfish, masked butterfly fish and leopard grouper.
  • Voracious, venomous lionfish are the first exotic species to invade coral reefs.
  • lionfish probably have few natural predators, especially in local waters.
British Dictionary definitions for lionfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
any of various scorpion fishes of the tropical Pacific genus Pterois, having a striped body and elongated spiny fins
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