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[sur-juh n-fish] /ˈsɜr dʒənˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) surgeonfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) surgeonfishes.
any tropical, coral-reef fish of the family Acanthuridae, with one or more sharp spines near the base of the tail fin.
Origin of surgeonfish
1870-75, Americanism; surgeon + fish; so called from the resemblance of its spines to a surgeon's instruments Unabridged
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  • The corals teem with colorful tropical fish, such as surgeonfish, sergeant majors and the coral-munching parrotfish.
  • The size of the plotted circle for each station describes the number of adult surgeonfish observed.
  • The reefs support numerous butterflyfish and surgeonfish species.
  • At present, fish populations are dominated by surgeonfish and parrotfish.
  • Omnivorous and herbivorous fish such as parrot fish, surgeonfish, and red snapper can also be a risk.
British Dictionary definitions for surgeonfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
any tropical marine spiny-finned fish of the family Acanthuridae, having a compressed brightly coloured body with one or more knifelike spines at the base of the tail
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