Definition of butterflyfish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbədərˌflīfiSH/


1Any of a number of brightly colored or boldly marked fish of warm waters.
Example sentences
  • In certain areas of the tropics where clownfish, sea anemone, and butterfly fish exist, clownfish scare off butterflyfish from their host anemone.
  • A few of her endemic favorites: the saddle wrasse, the bluestripe butterfly fish, and the whitesaddle goatfish.
  • The spine on the operculum is the best way to identify an angelfish and to distinguish it from similar-looking species, such as butterfly fish.
2A West African freshwater fish with large pectoral fins used in leaping out of the water and long fin rays used as stilts.
  • Pantodon buchholzi, the only member of the family Pantodontidae.
Example sentences
  • The Pantodontidae or Butterfly fish family consists of a single species which is distributed in tropical West Africa.
  • I got my first African Butterfly fish about 2 years ago and it was the nicest fish in my tank.
  • The African Butterfly Fish is found in African in the waters of the West African Rainforest.

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Syllabification: but·ter·fly·fish

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