butterflyfish
butterflyfish utterflyfish n. tropical gurnardlike fish with huge fanlike pectoral fins for underwater gliding; unrelated to searobins.

Syn: flying gurnard, flying robin. [WordNet 1.5]


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  • Pearlscale butterflyfish — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

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