- any of several flattened marine fishes of the family Monacanthidae, having an elongated head with a small mouth and small, spiny scales.
- a triggerfish.
Origin of filefish
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- any tropical triggerfish, such as Alutera scripta, having a narrow compressed body and a very long dorsal spine
Word Origin for filefish
C18: referring to its file-like scales
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