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[par-uh t-fish] /ˈpær ətˌfɪʃ/
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 of parrotfish
1705-15; parrot + fish Unabridged
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  • Herds of iridescent parrotfish darted through forests of branching corals.
  • Spiny lobsters, parrotfish and grouper can also be seen.
  • The corals teem with colorful tropical fish, such as surgeonfish, sergeant majors and the coral-munching parrotfish.
  • Colorful angelfish, spadefish and coral-eating parrotfish are all common sights on the reef.
  • The reef fish-primarily snappers, grunts and parrotfish-lose their breeding habitat.
  • Divers can see colorful fish such as parrotfish tucked into crevices for protection.
  • If offered, you might also try the parrotfish with lemon butter.
  • The parrotfish makes scraping sounds as it bites chunks of dead coral, which are covered with a green film of plants called algae.
  • They are closely related to the parrotfish, but smaller and more elongate.
  • The parrotfish makes scraping sounds as it bits chunks of dead coral, which are covered with a green film of plants called algae.
British Dictionary definitions for parrotfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
any brightly coloured tropical marine percoid fish of the family Scaridae, having parrot-like jaws
(Austral) any of various brightly coloured marine fish of the family Labridae
any of various similar fishes
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