Definition of surgeonfish in English:

Share this entry

surgeonfish

Pronunciation: /ˈsəːdʒ(ə)nfɪʃ/

noun (plural same or surgeonfishes)

A deep-bodied and typically brightly coloured tropical marine fish with a scalpel-like spine on each side of the tail.
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.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: surgeon|fish

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.