Definition of hawkfish in English:


Line breaks: hawk|fish

noun (plural same or hawkfishes)

  • A small tropical marine fish found chiefly in the Indo-Pacific region. It typically lives in shallow water and adopts a distinctive perching or ‘hovering’ position just above coral.
    • Family Cirrhitidae: three genera and several species
    More example sentences
    • We noticed hawkfish, blennies, gobies and a variety of crustaceans, often camouflaged with bits of sponge and soft coral for protection.
    • Hidden in one sea fan I spotted an old favourite, the long-nosed hawkfish.
    • A hawkfish was lying motionless in a spot with a good overview.

More definitions of hawkfish

Definition of hawkfish in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kərf
a slit made by cutting with a saw