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trig·ger·fish

 (trĭg′ər-fĭsh′)
n. pl. triggerfish or trig·ger·fish·es
Any of various brightly colored fishes of the family Balistidae of warm coastal waters, having a roundish body and an erectile spine on the anterior dorsal fin that locks upright when the fish is threatened.
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triggerfish

(ˈtrɪɡəˌfɪʃ)
n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any plectognath fish of the family Balistidae, of tropical and temperate seas. They have a compressed body with erectile spines in the first dorsal fin
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trig•ger•fish

(ˈtrɪg ərˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for individuals or kinds) -fish•es.
any deep-bodied tropical fish of the family Balistidae, chiefly of tropical seas, having three stout spines on the front of the dorsal fin.
[1880–85]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.triggerfish - any of numerous compressed deep-bodied tropical fishes with sandpapery skin and erectile spines in the first dorsal fintriggerfish - any of numerous compressed deep-bodied tropical fishes with sandpapery skin and erectile spines in the first dorsal fin
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
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The biology, ecology and bioeconomics of the triggerfishes, Balistidae.
Four species of triggerfishes have been recorded north of Mexico in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and all are rare north of southern California (Eschmeyer and others 1983; Love and others 2005; Love 2011).