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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.


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]



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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.filefish - narrow flattened warm-water fishes with leathery skin and a long file-like dorsal spinefilefish - 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
Balistidae, family Balistidae - triggerfishes
leatherfish, leatherjacket - any of several brightly colored tropical filefishes
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Every fish had them inside, as well as the odd filefish you usually see in offshore weed lines.
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the unicorn filefish (Aluterus monoceros), gray triggerfish, queen triggerfish [Balistes vetula], and ocean triggerfish [Canthidermis sufflamen]).
These are the banded grouper Epinephelus awoara (Temming & Schlegel, 1842) and threadsial filefish Stephanolepis cirrhifer (Temming & Schlegel, 1850) in coastal areas of the South China Sea.
filefish (Altera scripta), trigger fish (Melichtys vidua), parrotfish (Scarus ovifrons), blue humphead parrotfish (Ypsiscarus ovifrons), and even locally caught sardines and xanthid crabs (Demania reynaudii).
An Australian-led study by the ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University found that a coral-eating reef fish called the harlequin filefish adopted the smell of coral to escape and hide from its predators.
Filefish (family Monacanthidae) include 95 species widely distributed in both temperate and tropical seas (Nelson, 1994).
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Oracle Corp has acquired FileFish Inc, a venture-backed supplier of secure content management and remote access software since 1999.