Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A brightly colored fish of the family Pomacanthidae of warm seas, having a laterally compressed body.
  • n. A freshwater fish (Pterophyllum scalare), native to rivers of tropical South America and having a laterally compressed, usually striped body. It is popular in aquariums. Also called scalare.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A freshwater fish, tropical cichlids of the genus Pterophyllum.
  • n. A marine fish of the family Pomacanthidae, common on shallow tropical reefs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a butterfly fish of the genus Pomacanthus
  • n. deep-bodied disk-shaped food fish of warmer western Atlantic coastal waters
  • n. sharks with broad flat bodies and winglike pectoral fins but that swim the way sharks do

Etymologies

angel +‎ fish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The only fish that can do this is the angelfish, that is, it can change its colour like the octopus.

    The History of Animals

  • Perhaps out of disappointment, Twain frequently undertook outings with young schoolgirls whom he called his "angelfish" — "surrogate granddaughters," as Mr. Shelden calls them.

    A Mississippian Flood

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    Angel Fish

  • I thought it was an angelfish at first, but it was pretty cool!

    Field & Stream

  • Though as a shark she glided through the tank like a needle and her manta ray was as graceful and sly as a ruffle of fox, when she was an angelfish she strutted her stuff, bright stripes flashing, her big eyes aware, and lips seductively puckered.

    Enjoy It Now

  • One minute you'll be finning alongside a sea turtle or in the midst of a shoal of jacks, the next, eyeballing a curious French angelfish.

    Discover an extraordinary underwater world in the Cayman Islands

  • I lunched on fresh angelfish at the beach restaurant Voorstrand, where the bill refused to edge over the £15 mark, no matter how many piles of fish, salad and rice I ordered.

    South Africa beyond the World Cup: the remote west coast

  • In the Gulf of Mexico queen angelfish have been seen hanging out around oil rigs, while the deep regions sport specialized octopuses.

    Census Of Marine Life: Gulf Of Mexico Is 5th Most Diverse Area

  • Elsewhere, flocks of swans and geese glide in the resort's lagoons and ponds, while the surrounding reef waters are teeming with schools of Maori wrasse, angelfish, marlin and sea turtles.

    Yvonne Yorke: The Great Barrier Reef: From Above and Below

  • I'm eating a slice of toast thin as an angelfish and my coffee's cold as a frog's belly.

    A Covenant and a Busted Tooth

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