butterflyfish(redirected from Chaetodontid)
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1. Any of various small tropical marine fishes of the family Chaetodontidae, having a laterally compressed body with bright colors and patterns.
2. Any of various fishes with broad winglike fins.
(Animals) any small tropical marine percoid fish of the genera Chaetodon, Chelmon, etc, that has a deep flattened brightly coloured or strikingly marked body and brushlike teeth: family Chaetodontidae. See also angelfish1
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|Noun||1.||butterflyfish - tropical fish with huge fanlike pectoral fins for underwater gliding; unrelated to searobins|