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shubunkin Line breaks: shu|bun¦kin
Pronunciation: /ʃʊˈbʌŋkɪn/

Definition of shubunkin in English:


A goldfish of an ornamental variety, having black spots, red patches, and long fins and tail.
Example sentences
  • They said that they had seen shubunkins with the beautiful colors and they couldn't detect scales.
  • Both comets and shubunkins work well in most ponds and require a lot less maintenance than koi.
  • I have no experience with the crossbreeding of commons and shubunkins so it's just a guess on my behalf.


Early 20th century: from Japanese.

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