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n. pl. filefish or file·fish·es
Any of various chiefly tropical marine fishes of the family Monacanthidae, having a flat body, a long dorsal spine, and rough skin.
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n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any tropical triggerfish, such as Alutera scripta, having a narrow compressed body and a very long dorsal spine
[C18: referring to its file-like scales]
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n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
any of several flattened marine fishes of the family Monacanthidae, having an elongated head and spiny scales.
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|Noun||1.||filefish - narrow flattened warm-water fishes with leathery skin and a long file-like dorsal spine|
plectognath, plectognath fish - tropical marine fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick skin covered with bony plates or spines
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