[ skwur-uhl-fish, skwuhr- or, especially British, skwir- ]
/ ˈskwɜr əlˌfɪʃ, ˈskwʌr- or, especially British, ˈskwɪr- /
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noun, plural (especially collectively) squir·rel·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) squir·rel·fish·es.
any of several brightly colored, nocturnal fishes of the family Holocentridae, inhabiting shallow waters of tropical reefs, especially the reddish Holocentrus ascensionis of the West Indies, armed with sharp spines and scales.
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Origin of squirrelfish
First recorded in 1795–1805; perhaps after the sound it makes out of water, likened to a squirrel's bark
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Tiny demoiselles fluttered around them, and a pair of red squirrelfish watched from the shelter of a purple coral fan.The Wailing Octopus|Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for squirrelfish
/ (ˈskwɪrəlˌfɪʃ) /
noun plural -fish or -fishes
any tropical marine brightly coloured teleost fish of the family Holocentridae
Word Origin for squirrelfish
C18: so called because it can make a squirrel-like noise
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