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clown·fishor clown fish (kloun′fĭsh′)
n. pl. clownfish or clown·fish·es or clown fish or clown fish·es
Any of various small, brightly colored marine fishes chiefly of the genus Amphiprion, having a symbiotic relationship with sea anemones. Also called anemonefish, clown anemone.
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n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any of several brightly coloured striped fish of the subfamily Amphiprioninae of the Pacific and Indian Oceans
[C20: so called from the resemblance of the markings to a clown's make-up]
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