Definition of filefish in English:

filefish

Syllabification: file·fish
Pronunciation: /ˈfīlˌfiSH
 
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noun (plural same or filefishes)

  • A fish with a dorsal spine and rough scales, related to the triggerfishes and occurring in tropical and sometimes temperate seas.
    • Numerous genera and species, family Balistidae (or Monacanthidae)
    More example sentences
    • Sponges constituted the majority of stomach contents of angelfishes and the filefish.
    • Every sort of reef fish competed for meals, the oddest being the boxfish, trunkfish and filefish, all trying to feed through pursed lips.
    • Scrawled filefish seem enormous and, of course, the ubiquitous titan and the inappropriately named yellowmargin triggerfish are active everywhere.

Origin

late 18th century: from file3 (because of its rough skin, suggesting the surface of a file).

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