goldfish

[gohld-fish]
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noun, plural (especially collectively) gold·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) gold·fish·es.

a small, usually yellow or orange fish, Carassius auratus, of the carp family, native to China, bred in many varieties and often kept in fishbowls and pools.

Nearby words

  1. goldeye,
  2. goldfield,
  3. goldfields,
  4. goldfinch,
  5. goldfinny,
  6. goldfish bowl,
  7. goldflam disease,
  8. goldi,
  9. goldie's fern,
  10. goldilocks

Origin of goldfish

First recorded in 1690–1700; gold + fish

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British Dictionary definitions for goldfish

goldfish

noun plural -fish or -fishes

a freshwater cyprinid fish, Carassius auratus, of E Europe and Asia, esp China, widely introduced as a pond or aquarium fish. It resembles the carp and has a typically golden or orange-red coloration
any of certain similar ornamental fishes, esp the golden orfeSee orfe
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Word Origin and History for goldfish

goldfish

n.

1690s, from gold + fish (n.); introduced into England from China, where they are native. A goldfish bowl, figurative of a situation of no privacy, was in use by 1935.

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