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Any of various small, often brightly colored marine fishes of the family Callionymidae, having a slender body and a flattened head with large eyes.

[Middle English, young dragon, from Old French, diminutive of dragon, dragon; see dragon.]


(Animals) any small spiny-finned fish of the family Callionymidae, having a flat head and a slender tapering brightly coloured body and living at the bottom of shallow seas
[C14 (meaning: small dragon): from French; applied to fish C18]


(ˌdræg əˈnɛt, ˈdræg ə nɪt)

any fish of the genus Callionymus, the species of which are small and usu. brightly colored.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French; see dragon, -et]
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Noun1.dragonet - small often brightly colored scaleless marine bottom-dwellersdragonet - small often brightly colored scaleless marine bottom-dwellers; found in tropical and warm temperate waters of Europe and America
acanthopterygian, spiny-finned fish - a teleost fish with fins that are supported by sharp inflexible rays
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Young Clay is one of five dragonets selected to fulfill a mysterious prophecy heralding the end of the war between the dragon tribes of Pyrrhia.
There are also the usual pouting, coalfish and whiting and a few dragonets taken.
99) tells of a lost heir to a seawing throne, Tsunami, who is journeying with her fellow dragonets to an underwater kingdom to reunite with her mother.
At our home in Chicago, Cindy and I have installed a ninety-gallon aquatic environment which, I am happy to say, is home to many varieties of anthia, butterflyfish, triggerfish, dragonets, surgeonfish, lionfish, goby, and wrasse, in addition to many varieties of coral, starfish, and other invertebrates.
34) While the tree trunks twist themselves into hideous postures (rendered positively spectral by the Forest's ancestral antiquity (35)), the willow, the monarch of the valley, metamorphoses into a half-plant-like, half-human monster, pawing the air with its long-fingered hands, its roots transformed into dragonets (154).
Soles and dragonets actively selected areas of bioactive soft substrata, to which they are behaviorally and morphologically adapted.
Dragonets (family Callionymidae) are small, often colorful, benthic fishes found in coastal tropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans, but primarily in the Indo-West Pacific (Nelson 1994).
A terrible war has engulfed the dragon tribes of the world for generations, but a ray of hope lies in the mysterious Prophecy that five special dragonets would bring the brutal fighting to an end.