Definition of rabbitfish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrabɪtfɪʃ/

noun (plural same or rabbitfishes)

1A ratfish found in the NE Atlantic and around South Africa. Also called rat-tail.
  • Chimaera monstrosa, family Chimaeridae.
Example sentences
  • As discussed in physical description above, rabbitfishes lose their color at nightfall and may also change color if threatened.
  • Throughout the ferry, nudibranchs, groupers, puffers, and wrasses had taken up residence along with juvenile barracuda, fusiliers and rabbitfish.
  • Large schools of rabbitfish and Sergeant Majors seeking a handout provide guaranteed excitement for snorkellers.
2A fish with a blunt snout and rabbit-like jaws, found in inshore waters of the tropical Indo-Pacific, especially around reefs.
  • Family Siganidae: several genera and species, in particular Siganus oramin.
Example sentences
  • Siganids get their common name, rabbitfishes, from their peaceful temperament, rounded blunt snout, and rabbit-like appearance of the jaws.
  • Smaller shoals of zooplanktivores, such as rabbitfishes and the juvenile forms of many other reef species, are also found hovering above and around coral reefs.

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