moonfish

moonfish

[moon-fish]
noun, plural (especially collectively) moonfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) moonfishes.
1.
Also called horsefish, horsehead. any of several silvery marine fishes of the genus Selene, having a very compressed body and inhabiting shallow coastal waters.
2.
the opah.
3.
any of various other rounded, silvery fishes.

Origin:
1640–50; moon + fish

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moonfish (ˈmuːnˌfɪʃ)
 
n , pl -fishes, -fish
1.  any of several deep-bodied silvery carangid fishes, occurring in warm and tropical American coastal waters
2.  any of various other round silvery fishes, such as the Indo-Pacific Monodactylus argenteus
3.  another name for opah

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moonfish

any of several fishes of the order Perciformes, such as Vomer setapinnis of the family Carangidae, and Mene maculata, the sole member of the family Menidae.

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