Filefish
Filefish File"fish`, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any plectognath fish of the genera {Monacanthus}, {Alutera}, {balistes}, and allied genera; -- so called on account of the roughly granulated skin, which is sometimes used in place of sandpaper. [1913 Webster]

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  • Filefish — Planehead filefish Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • filefish — [fīl′fish΄] n. pl. filefish or filefishes (see FISH) any of various fishes (family Balistidae) of the same order (Tetraodontiformes) as the puffer fish, with a compressed body and very small, rough scales …   English World dictionary

  • filefish — /fuyl fish /, n., pl. (esp. collectively) filefish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) filefishes. 1. any of several flattened marine fishes of the family Monacanthidae, having an elongated head with a small mouth and small, spiny… …   Universalium

  • filefish — /ˈfaɪlfɪʃ/ (say fuylfish) noun (plural filefish or filefishes) 1. any of various fishes with rough, granular skin, as Balistoides conspicillum, found in tropical waters of northern Australia. 2. → triggerfish. {file2 + fish1} Usage: For variation …   Australian English dictionary

  • filefish — pilkoji raguotė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Balistes capriscus angl. common triggerfish; filefish; gray triggerfish rus. курок; серый спинорог ryšiai: platesnis terminas – paprastosios raguotės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • filefish — noun Date: 1681 any of various small mouthed bony fishes (family Monacantidae, especially genera Aluterus, Cantherhines, and Monacanthus) with rough granular leathery skin …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • filefish — noun Any fish of the family , with very slender bodies. Syn: foolfish …   Wiktionary

  • filefish — n. tropical fish that is long and thin …   English contemporary dictionary

  • filefish — noun (plural same or filefishes) a fish with a dorsal spine and rough scales, occurring chiefly in tropical seas. [Family Balistidae: many species.] Origin C18: from file3 (because of its rough skin) …   English new terms dictionary

  • filefish — file•fish [[t]ˈfaɪlˌfɪʃ[/t]] n. pl. (esp. collectively) fish, (esp. for kinds or species) fish•es. ich any of several flattened marine fishes of the family Monacanthidae, having an elongated head and spiny scales • Etymology: 1765–75 …   From formal English to slang

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