[ eyn-juh l-fish ]
/ ˈeɪn dʒəlˌfɪʃ /

noun, plural (especially collectively) an·gel·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) an·gel·fish·es.

a South American freshwater fish, genus Pterophyllum, often kept in aquariums.Compare scalare.

Origin of angelfish

First recorded in 1660–70; angel + fish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for angelfish


/ (ˈeɪndʒəlˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

any of various small tropical marine percoid fishes of the genus Pomacanthus and related genera, which have a deep flattened brightly coloured body and brushlike teeth: family ChaetodontidaeSee also butterflyfish
Also called: scalare a South American cichlid, Pterophyllum scalare, of the Amazon region, having a compressed body and large dorsal and anal fins: a popular aquarium fish
another name for angel shark
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