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surgeonfish

Syllabification: sur·geon·fish
Pronunciation: /ˈsərjənˌfiSH
 
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Definition of surgeonfish in English:

noun (plural same or surgeonfishes)

A deep-bodied and typically brightly colored tropical marine fish with a scalpellike spine on each side of the tail.
  • Family Acanthuridae: several genera and many species. See also tang3
Example sentences
  • Damselfish make up almost half, with angelfish, surgeonfish, wrasses, gobies, and butterfly fish accounting for another 25 to 30 percent.
  • Acanthurids, commonly known as surgeonfishes, are characterized by the existence of the ‘scalpel,’ a distinctive spine or group of spines on either side of the tail base, hence the common name surgeonfish.
  • Most of what you see here are coral fish like various wrasses, squirrelfish, Moorish Idols, parrotfish, angelfish, surgeonfish and butterflyfish.

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