[ gohld-fish ]
/ ˈgoʊldˌfɪʃ /

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.

Origin of goldfish

First recorded in 1690–1700; gold + fish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈɡəʊldˌfɪʃ) /

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
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