parrot-fish

parrotfish

[par-uht-fish]
noun, plural (especially collectively) parrotfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) parrotfishes.
any of various chiefly tropical marine fishes, especially of the family Scaridae: so called because of their brilliant coloring and the shape of their jaws.
Also called pollyfish.


Origin:
1705–15; parrot + fish

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parrotfish (ˈpærətˌfɪʃ)
 
n , pl -fish, -fishes
1.  any brightly coloured tropical marine percoid fish of the family Scaridae, having parrot-like jaws
2.  (Austral) any of various brightly coloured marine fish of the family Labridae
3.  any of various similar fishes

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