- any of various chiefly tropical marine fishes, especially of the family Scaridae: so called because of their brilliant coloring and the shape of their jaws.
Origin of parrotfish
Also called pollyfish.
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Examples from the Web for parrot-fish
Among them is the curious and handsome pirarara, or parrot-fish.
The most curious of these is the parrot-fish, whose head is shaped like the beak of the parrot, and whose color is light green.
They employ it as they do the parrot-fish, to give a different colour to the plumage of their parrots.
- any brightly coloured tropical marine percoid fish of the family Scaridae, having parrot-like jaws
- Australian any of various brightly coloured marine fish of the family Labridae
- any of various similar fishes
Word Origin and History for parrot-fish
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