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squirrelfish

[skwur-uh l-fish, skwuhr- or, esp. British, skwir-] /ˈskwɜr əlˌfɪʃ, ˈskwʌr- or, esp. British, ˈskwɪr-/
noun, plural (especially collectively) squirrelfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) squirrelfishes.
1.
any of several brightly colored, nocturnal fishes of the family Holocentridae, inhabiting shallow waters of tropical reefs, especially the reddish Holocentrus ascensionis of the West Indies, armed with sharp spines and scales.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; perhaps after the sound it makes out of water, likened to a squirrel's bark
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squirrelfish

/ˈskwɪrəlˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
any tropical marine brightly coloured teleost fish of the family Holocentridae
Word Origin
C18: so called because it can make a squirrel-like noise
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