noun Date: 1849 any of various deep-bodied bony fishes (family Balistidae, especially genus Balistes) of warm seas having an anterior dorsal fin with two or three stout erectile spines

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  • triggerfish — [trig′ər fish΄] n. pl. triggerfish or triggerfishes (see FISH) [because depression of the second spine of the fin causes the first to snap down] any of various brightly colored tropical fishes (family Balistidae) of the same order… …   English World dictionary

  • Triggerfish — Taxobox name = Triggerfish image width = 250px image caption = Titan triggerfish ( Balistoides viridescens ) regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Tetraodontiformes familia = Balistidae subdivision ranks = Genera… …   Wikipedia

  • triggerfish — /trig euhr fish /, n., pl. (esp. collectively) triggerfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) triggerfishes. any of various compressed, deep bodied fishes of the genus Balistes and allied genera, chiefly inhabiting tropical seas,… …   Universalium

  • triggerfish — /ˈtrɪgəfɪʃ/ (say triguhfish) noun (plural triggerfish or triggerfishes) any of various compressed, deep bodied fishes of the genus Balistes, and allied genera, chiefly of tropical seas, having an anterior dorsal fin with three stout spines. Usage …   Australian English dictionary

  • triggerfish — noun any of numerous compressed deep bodied tropical fishes with sandpapery skin and erectile spines in the first dorsal fin • Hypernyms: ↑plectognath, ↑plectognath fish • Hyponyms: ↑queen triggerfish, ↑Bessy cerca, ↑oldwench, ↑oldwife, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • triggerfish — noun any of several brightly coloured fish, of the family Balistidae, that inhabit tropical reefs, and have an erectile spine on its dorsal fin …   Wiktionary

  • triggerfish — noun (plural same or triggerfishes) a tropical marine fish with a large dorsal spine which can be erected and locked into place. [Family Balistidae: numerous species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • triggerfish — trig•ger•fish [[t]ˈtrɪg ərˌfɪʃ[/t]] n. pl. (esp. collectively) fish, (esp. for individuals or kinds) fish•es. ich any deep bodied tropical fish of the family Balistidae, chiefly of tropical seas, having three stout spines on the front of the… …   From formal English to slang

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