scorpionfish

[ skawr-pee-uhn-fish ]
/ ˈskɔr pi ənˌfɪʃ /

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

any of several tropical and temperate marine scorpaenid fishes, especially members of the genus Scorpaena, many having venomous dorsal spines.

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Also called sea scorpion, rockfish.

Origin of scorpionfish

First recorded in 1655–65; scorpion + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for scorpionfish

scorpion fish

noun

any of various scorpaenid fishes of the genus Scorpaena and related genera, of temperate and tropical seas, having venomous spines on the dorsal and anal fins
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