butterfly fish

small usually brilliantly colored tropical marine fishes having narrow deep bodies with large broad fins; found worldwide
Hypernyms: ↑percoid fish, ↑percoid, ↑percoidean
Member Holonyms: ↑Chaetodontidae, ↑family Chaetodontidae

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1. : any of various fishes having variegated colors, broad expanded fins, or both: as
c. : a flying fish (Exocoetus volitans) of the Atlantic
d. : any of numerous small brilliantly colored carnivorous spiny-finned fishes of tropical seas that constitute the family Chaetodontidae and have narrow deep bodies and fins partly covered with scales
e. : a small brown fish (Pantodon buchholzi) of the streams of western Africa that has elongate lacy pectoral fins suggestive of wings and is often kept in the tropical aquarium
2. : chiton 2

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butterfly fish noun
1. A blenny with an eye-spot on the dorsal fin
2. Any fish of the family Chaetodontidae
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Main Entry:butter

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butterfly fish,
any one of several fishes noted for their bright colors or for their broad fins somewhat resembling the wings of the butterfly, especially: a) any one of a family of small tropical marine fishes. b) a blenny. c) = flying gurnard. (Cf.flying gurnard)

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • butterfly fish — /ˈbʌtəflaɪ fɪʃ/ (say butuhfluy fish) noun (plural butterfly fish or butterfly fishes) any of the tropical marine fishes of the family Chaetodontidae which are suggestive in shape or colouring of the butterfly; coralfish. Usage: For variation in… …   Australian English dictionary

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  • butterfly fish — gėlavandenis drugelis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Pantodon buchholzi angl. African flying fish; butterfly fish rus. пантодон; пресноводная рыба бабочка; рыба мотылёк ryšiai: platesnis terminas –… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

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  • butterfly fish — but′terfly fish or but′ter•fly•fish n. ent any of various colored tropical fishes of the family Chaetodontidae, having deep, narrow bodies and darting movements suggestive of a butterfly • Etymology: 1735–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • butterfly fish — noun 1》 a brightly coloured reef dwelling fish popular in marine aquaria. [Chaetodon and related genera.] 2》 a predatory marine fish with long venomous spines. [Genus Pterois.] 3》 a West African freshwater fish with large pectoral fins used in… …   English new terms dictionary

  • butterfly fish — noun a) any fish of the family Chaetodontidae. b) Pantodon buchholzi, a small brown fish of western African streams, often found in aquariums …   Wiktionary

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