from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plagiostomous fish, Squatina angelus, of the family Squatinidæ.
  • noun A chætodontoid fish, Pomacanthus ciliaris, having a strong spine at the angle of the preoperculum, 14 dorsal spines, and a brownish color with crescentiform lighter markings on each scale, the chin, borders, and spines of the operculum and preoperculum bright blue, and the fins blue and yellow.
  • noun An ephippioid fish, Chætodipterus faber, of a greenish color with blackish vertical bands, and with the third spine elongated.
  • noun A general name for any species of fish of the families Chætodontidæ and Ephippiidæ.


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  • He bought little enamel angel-fish pins, and carried a number of them with him most of the time, so that he could create membership on short notice.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • Helen Allen, an early angel-fish member already mentioned, was with us and directed the drives, for she had been born on the island and knew every attractive locality, though, for that matter, it would be hard to find there a place that was not attractive.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • The pretty angel-fish suggested youth and feminine beauty to him, and his adopted granddaughters became angel-fish to him from that time forward.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • The angel-fish, however, and the batus or skate appear to pair with one another; for there is a fish called the rhinobatus, with the head and front parts of the skate and the after parts of the rhine or angel-fish, just as though it were made up of both fishes together.

    The History of Animals

  • But the rhina or angel-fish, and other like fishes where the tail is large, copulate only by rubbing against one another sideways, belly to belly.

    The History of Animals

  • Dog-fish in general can extrude and take in again their young, as can also the angel-fish and the electric ray-and, by the way, a large electric ray has been seen with about eighty embryos inside it-but the spiny dogfish is an exception to the rule, being prevented by the spine of the young fish from so doing.

    The History of Animals

  • Some few breed in autumn: as, for instance, the saupe and the sargus, and such others of this sort as breed shortly before the autumn equinox; likewise the electric ray and the angel-fish.

    The History of Animals

  • The rhine, or angel-fish, bears its first brood in the springtime, and its second in the autumn, about the winter setting of the Pleiads; the second brood is the stronger of the two.

    The History of Animals

  • They has lots of savvy, sir, angel-fish has, and for a small fish they can 'old their own.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries

  • I suppose, at heart, he was about as interested in those things as an aquarium angel-fish is in a Sunday afternoon visitor.

    The Prairie Mother


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