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par·rot·fish

 (păr′ət-fĭsh′)
n. pl. parrotfish or par·rot·fish·es
Any of various brightly colored tropical marine fishes of the family Scaridae, having fused teeth resembling a parrot's beak.

parrotfish

(ˈpærətˌfɪʃ)
n, pl -fish or -fishes
1. (Animals) any brightly coloured tropical marine percoid fish of the family Scaridae, having parrot-like jaws
2. (Animals) Austral any of various brightly coloured marine fish of the family Labridae
3. (Animals) any of various similar fishes

par•rot•fish

(ˈpær ətˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
any tropical marine fish of the family Scaridae, having brilliant coloring and parrotlike jaws.
[1705–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.parrotfish - gaudy tropical fishes with parrotlike beaks formed by fusion of teethparrotfish - gaudy tropical fishes with parrotlike beaks formed by fusion of teeth
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
family Scaridae, Scaridae - parrotfishes
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The sea is teeming with so many fish of different colours and sizes you just don't know where to look first - parrot-fish, pufferfish, stingrays and, if you're lucky, turtles.
Without recourse to the breast- stroke or the doggy-paddle, your average parrot-fish glides effortlessly through the water, wiggling his tail-fin provocatively at the trailing females.