Definition of butterflyfish in English:


Syllabification: but·ter·fly·fish
Pronunciation: /ˈbətərˌflīfiSH


  • 1Any of a number of typically brightly colored or boldly marked fish of warm waters, in particular.
    • a reef-dwelling fish that is popular in marine aquariums (Chaetodon and other genera, family Chaetodontidae).a predatory marine fish that bears long venomous spines (genus Pterois, family Scorpaenidae).
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    • 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
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    • 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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