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scorpionfish

Syllabification: scor·pi·on·fish
Pronunciation: /ˈskôrpēənˌfiSH
 
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Definition of scorpionfish in English:

noun (plural same or scorpionfishes)

A chiefly bottom-dwelling marine fish that is typically red in color and has spines on the head that are sometimes venomous.
Example sentences
  • The rocky reefs and the small caverns formed within them are home to groupers, moray and conger eels, scorpionfish, many octopus and the occasional spiny lobster.
  • Pterois volitans are differentiated from other scorpionfishes by having 13 rather than 12 poisonous dorsal spines and 14 long, feather-like pectoral rays.
  • Scientists have observed a dolphin trying to get a reluctant moray eel to come out of its crevice by poking it with the spiny body of a dead scorpionfish.

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