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[ moon-fish ]
/ ˈmunˌfɪʃ /

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

Also called horsefish, horsehead. any of several silvery marine fishes of the genus Selene, having a very compressed body and inhabiting shallow coastal waters.
the opah.
any of various other rounded, silvery fishes.

Nearby words

moonbow, mooncalf, moonchild, mooned, mooneye, moonfish, moonflower, moonglow, moonie, moonish, moonishly

Origin of moonfish

First recorded in 1640–50; moon + fish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for moonfish


/ (ˈmuːnˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fishes or -fish

any of several deep-bodied silvery carangid fishes, occurring in warm and tropical American coastal waters
any of various other round silvery fishes, such as the Indo-Pacific Monodactylus argenteus
another name for opah
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