soldier fish

soldierfish

[sohl-jer-fish]
noun, plural (especially collectively) soldierfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) soldierfishes.
1.
any of several squirrelfishes of the family Holocentridae.
2.
any of various other brightly colored fishes.

Origin:
1880–85, Americanism; so called from its sharp spines and rough scales

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soldierfish

noun
the larger squirrelfishes 
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