butterflyfish


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but·ter·fly·fish

 (bŭt′ər-flī′fĭsh′)
n.
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.
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butterflyfish

n
(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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Noun1.butterflyfish - tropical fish with huge fanlike pectoral fins for underwater glidingbutterflyfish - tropical fish with huge fanlike pectoral fins for underwater gliding; unrelated to searobins
scorpaenoid, scorpaenoid fish - fishes having the head armored with bony plates
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