Definition of parrotfish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈperətˌfiSH/

noun (plural same or parrotfishes)

1Any of a number of brightly colored marine fish with a parrotlike beak, which they use to scrape food from coral and other hard surfaces.
  • A widespread fish of warm seas that may secrete a mucous cocoon to deter predators (family Scaridae: Scarus and other genera). An edible fish of the southern Indian ocean (Oplegnathus conwayi, family Oplegnathidae)..
Example sentences
  • As parrotfish graze they scrape away minute bits of white coral limestone along with the algae covering.
  • I eyed a buxom coral trout with blue spots on a pink background - they make good eating - and listened to the parrotfish gnawing the coral.
  • Amid the coral and sponge branches you will find hamlets, basslets, parrotfish and moray eels.
2Australian A brightly colored marine fish, especially one of the wrasse family.
  • Several species in the family Labridae.
Example sentences
  • Parrotfishes have traditionally been given their own family but current phylogenetic data suggest that parrotfishes are one radiation within the Labridae.
  • Off Byron the parrotfish and nice size squire and snapper are appearing.
  • Outside of Ballina there have been some nice catches of pearl perch and parrotfish; while off Evans Head there have been some nice catches of snapper.

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Syllabification: par·rot·fish

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