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Related to angelfish: Freshwater angelfish
n. pl. angelfish or an·gel·fish·es
1. Any of various brightly colored fishes of the family Pomacanthidae of warm seas, having a laterally compressed body and often long extensions on the dorsal and anal fins.
a. A cichlid (Pterophyllum scalare) native to rivers of tropical South America and having a laterally compressed, usually striped body with long dorsal and anal fins. It is popular in home aquariums. Also called scalare.
b. Any of several other fishes of the genus Pterophyllum.
n, pl -fish or -fishes
1. (Animals) any of various small tropical marine percoid fishes of the genus Pomacanthus and related genera, which have a deep flattened brightly coloured body and brushlike teeth: family Chaetodontidae. See also butterflyfish
2. (Animals) Also called: scalare a South American cichlid, Pterophyllum scalare, of the Amazon region, having a compressed body and large dorsal and anal fins: a popular aquarium fish
3. (Animals) another name for angel shark
n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
a South American freshwater fish, genus Pterophyllum, often kept in aquariums. Compare scalare.
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|Noun||1.||angelfish - a butterfly fish of the genus Pomacanthus|
butterfly fish - small usually brilliantly colored tropical marine fishes having narrow deep bodies with large broad fins; found worldwide
|2.||angelfish - deep-bodied disk-shaped food fish of warmer western Atlantic coastal waters|
|3.||angelfish - sharks with broad flat bodies and winglike pectoral fins but that swim the way sharks do|
shark - any of numerous elongate mostly marine carnivorous fishes with heterocercal caudal fins and tough skin covered with small toothlike scales