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squirrelfish

[ skwur-uhl-fish, skwuhr- or, especially British, skwir- ]
/ 藞skw蓽r 蓹l藢f瑟蕛, 藞skw蕦r- or, especially British, 藞skw瑟r- /
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noun, plural (especially collectively) squir路rel路fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) squir路rel路fish路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鈥1805; perhaps after the sound it makes out of water, likened to a squirrel's bark
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How to use squirrelfish in a sentence

  • 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

squirrelfish
/ (藞skw瑟r蓹l藢f瑟蕛) /

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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