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soldierfish

[sohl-jer-fish] /ˈsoʊl dʒərˌfɪʃ/
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 of soldierfish
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; so called from its sharp spines and rough scales
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  • soldierfish, with their large eyes and flame-red color, are perfectly suited for the night environment.

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