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[trig-er-fish] /ˈtrɪg ərˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) triggerfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) triggerfishes.
any of various compressed, deep-bodied fishes of the genus Balistes and allied genera, chiefly inhabiting tropical seas, having an anterior dorsal fin with three stout spines: some are edible while others are poisonous.
Origin of triggerfish
1880-85; trigger + fish Unabridged
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  • The wedge-tail triggerfish protects itself with two sharp dorsal spines: a large, thick one and a shorter spine behind it.
  • triggerfish are fiercely territorial, but see their territory as a cone extending above them.
  • In addition, you will be able to spot triggerfish, butterflyfish and needlefish.
  • The surprise of the week was when one angler caught a double-header of triggerfish.
  • However, there has been minimal triggerfish brought in.
British Dictionary definitions for triggerfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
any plectognath fish of the family Balistidae, of tropical and temperate seas. They have a compressed body with erectile spines in the first dorsal fin
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