[ trig-er-fish ]
/ ˈtrɪg ərˌfɪʃ /

noun, plural (especially collectively) trig·ger·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) trig·ger·fish·es.

any of various compressed, deep-bodied fishes of the genus Balistes and allied genera, chiefly inhabiting tropical seas, having an anterior dorsal fin with three stout spines: some are edible while others are poisonous.

Origin of triggerfish

First recorded in 1880–85; trigger + fish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for triggerfish


/ (ˈtrɪɡəˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

any plectognath fish of the family Balistidae, of tropical and temperate seas. They have a compressed body with erectile spines in the first dorsal fin
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