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parrotfish

[par-uh t-fish] /ˈpær ətˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) parrotfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) parrotfishes.
1.
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
1705-1715
1705-15; parrot + fish
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parrotfish

/ˈpærətˌfɪʃ/
noun (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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Word Origin and History for parrot-fish
n.

1712, from parrot (n.) + fish (n.).

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