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soldierfish

[ sohl-jer-fish ]
/ ˈsoʊl dʒərˌfɪʃ /
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noun, plural (especially collectively) sol·dier·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) sol·dier·fish·es.

any of several squirrelfishes of the family Holocentridae.
any of various other brightly colored fishes.

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Origin of soldierfish

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; so called from its sharp spines and rough scales
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