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tropical fish

any of numerous small, usually brightly colored fishes, indigenous to the tropics, and often kept and bred in home aquariums.
Origin of tropical fish
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "We have to keep the boilers going in Winter to warm the water for the tropical fish," said the man to Mr. Bobbsey.

  • It was the color of a half-grown cucumber, and it made me think of a tropical fish in an aquarium when the water needed changing.

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
  • All sorts of tropical fish abound, both in the sea, in the rivers, and the lakes.

    Cuba Past and Present Richard Davey
  • A tropical fish of the Mesoprion family, frequenting the deep-water banks of the West Indies.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Like a flock of birds that have caught sight of a circling hawk, the tropical fish darted swiftly away.

    Sign of the Green Arrow Roy J. (Roy Judson) Snell
  • It is a tropical fish, its range extending from the Florida Keys to Brazil.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • There was a fancy aquarium thing in her living-room, with fish, tropical fish I guess.

  • A multiplicity of vertebral joints is useless to the tropical fish, but to the eel strength and suppleness are everything.

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