damselfish

[dam-zuh l-fish]

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

any of several chiefly tropical, brilliantly colored, marine fishes of the family Pomacentridae, living among coral reefs.

Nearby words

  1. damrosch,
  2. damrosch, leopold,
  3. damrosch, walter johannes,
  4. damsel,
  5. damsel bug,
  6. damselfly,
  7. damson,
  8. damson cheese,
  9. damyankee,
  10. damão

Origin of damselfish

First recorded in 1900–05; damsel + fish

Also called demoiselle.

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British Dictionary definitions for damselfish

damselfish

noun plural -fish or -fishes

any small tropical percoid fish of the family Pomacentridae, having a brightly coloured deep compressed bodySee also anemone fish
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