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moonfish

[moon-fish] /ˈmunˌfɪʃ/
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
1640-1650
1640-50; moon + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for moonfish

moonfish

/ˈmuːnˌfɪʃ/
noun (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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Encyclopedia Article for 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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