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[sohl-jer-fish] /ˈsoʊl dʒərˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) soldierfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) soldierfishes.
any of several squirrelfishes of the family Holocentridae.
any of various other brightly colored fishes.
1880-85, Americanism; so called from its sharp spines and rough scales Unabridged
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any of about 70 species of large-eyed, colourful, tropical reef fish of the family Holocentridae (order Beryciformes). Squirrelfish are edible fish found throughout the tropics. They have spiny fins and rough, prickly scales; some also have a sharp spine on each cheek. Most squirrelfish are red in colour, and many are marked with yellow, white, or black. The largest species is probably Holocentrus spinifer, a Pacific squirrelfish growing about 60 cm (24 inches) long. Squirrelfish are carnivorous and nocturnal, hiding by day among the reefs

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