butterfly fish

butterfly fish
noun Date: 1740 1. any of a family (Chaetodontidae) of small brilliantly colored bony fishes of tropical seas with a narrow deep body and scaled fins 2. a small brown freshwater bony fish (Pantodon buchholzi of the family Pantodontidae) of western Africa that has elongate winglike pectoral fins

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  • butterfly fish — ▪ fish  any of the approximately 115 species of small, quick moving marine fishes in the family Chaetodontidae (order Perciformes). Butterfly fishes are found among tropical reefs around the world but are concentrated in the Indo Pacific oceanic… …   Universalium

  • Butterfly fish — Butterfly But ter*fly , n.; pl. {Butterflies}. [Perh. from the color of a yellow species. AS. buter fl[=e]ge, buttor fle[ o]ge; cf. G. butterfliege, D. botervlieg. See {Butter}, and {Fly}.] (Zo[ o]l.) A general name for the numerous species of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • butterfly fish — noun small usually brilliantly colored tropical marine fishes having narrow deep bodies with large broad fins; found worldwide • Hypernyms: ↑percoid fish, ↑percoid, ↑percoidean • Hyponyms: ↑chaetodon, ↑angelfish, ↑rock beauty, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • butterfly fish — /ˈbʌtəflaɪ fɪʃ/ (say butuhfluy fish) noun (plural butterfly fish or butterfly fishes) any of the tropical marine fishes of the family Chaetodontidae which are suggestive in shape or colouring of the butterfly; coralfish. Usage: For variation in… …   Australian English dictionary

  • butterfly fish — zebrinė kalakutžuvė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Dendrochirus zebra angl. butterfly fish; dwarf lionfish; zebra butterfly cod; zebra firefish; zebra turkey fish rus. дендрохир зебра ryšiai:… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • butterfly fish — zebrinė sparnapelekė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Pterois volitans angl. butterfly cod; butterfly fish; red lionfish rus. крылатка зебра; рыба зебра ryšiai: platesnis terminas – sparnapelekės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • butterfly fish — gėlavandenis drugelis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Pantodon buchholzi angl. African flying fish; butterfly fish rus. пантодон; пресноводная рыба бабочка; рыба мотылёк ryšiai: platesnis terminas –… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • butterfly fish — pikžuvė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Ephippus orbis angl. butterfly fish; spadefish rus. рыба пик; эфипп ryšiai: platesnis terminas – pikžuvės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • butterfly fish — but′terfly fish or but′ter•fly•fish n. ent any of various colored tropical fishes of the family Chaetodontidae, having deep, narrow bodies and darting movements suggestive of a butterfly • Etymology: 1735–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • butterfly fish — noun 1》 a brightly coloured reef dwelling fish popular in marine aquaria. [Chaetodon and related genera.] 2》 a predatory marine fish with long venomous spines. [Genus Pterois.] 3》 a West African freshwater fish with large pectoral fins used in… …   English new terms dictionary

  • butterfly fish — noun a) any fish of the family Chaetodontidae. b) Pantodon buchholzi, a small brown fish of western African streams, often found in aquariums …   Wiktionary

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