parrotfish

[ par-uh t-fish ]
/ ˈpær ətˌfɪʃ /
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noun, plural (especially collectively) par·rot·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) par·rot·fish·es.

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.

Nearby words

  1. parrot's disease,
  2. parrot's-bill,
  3. parrot's-feather,
  4. parrot-fashion,
  5. parrot-fish,
  6. parry,
  7. parry channel,
  8. parry islands,
  9. parry's disease,
  10. pars

Origin of parrotfish

First recorded in 1705–15; parrot + fish

Also called pollyfish.

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British Dictionary definitions for parrot-fish

parrotfish

/ (ˈpærətˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

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
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Word Origin and History for parrot-fish

parrot-fish

n.

1712, from parrot (n.) + fish (n.).

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