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noun, plural (especially collectively) sur·geon·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) sur·geon·fish·es.
- any tropical, coral-reef fish of the family Acanthuridae, with one or more sharp spines near the base of the tail fin.
Origin of surgeonfish
; so called from the resemblance of its spines to a surgeon's instruments
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British Dictionary definitions for surgeonfish
noun plural -fish or -fishes
- any tropical marine spiny-finned fish of the family Acanthuridae, having a compressed brightly coloured body with one or more knifelike spines at the base of the tail
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