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trig·ger·fish

 (trĭg′ər-fĭsh′)
n. pl. triggerfish or trig·ger·fish·es
Any of various brightly colored fishes of the family Balistidae of warm coastal waters, having a roundish body and an erectile spine on the anterior dorsal fin that locks upright when the fish is threatened.

triggerfish

(ˈtrɪɡəˌfɪʃ)
n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any plectognath fish of the family Balistidae, of tropical and temperate seas. They have a compressed body with erectile spines in the first dorsal fin

trig•ger•fish

(ˈtrɪg ərˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for individuals or kinds) -fish•es.
any deep-bodied tropical fish of the family Balistidae, chiefly of tropical seas, having three stout spines on the front of the dorsal fin.
[1880–85]
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Noun1.triggerfish - any of numerous compressed deep-bodied tropical fishes with sandpapery skin and erectile spines in the first dorsal fintriggerfish - any of numerous compressed deep-bodied tropical fishes with sandpapery skin and erectile spines in the first dorsal fin
plectognath, plectognath fish - tropical marine fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick skin covered with bony plates or spines
Balistidae, family Balistidae - triggerfishes