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[lahy-uh n-fish]
noun, plural li·on·fish·es, (especially collectively) li·on·fish.
  1. a brightly striped scorpionfish of the genus Pterois, especially P. volitans, of the Indo-Pacific region, having long, flamboyant, venomous spiny fins.
  2. an Atlantic scorpionfish, Scorpaena grandicornis.
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Origin of lionfish

1905–10 lion + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for lionfish


noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. any of various scorpion fishes of the tropical Pacific genus Pterois, having a striped body and elongated spiny fins
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