- n. Any of various fish of the genera Nemateleotris, Pterois, and Parapterois.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A singular marine fish of the genus Pterois, family
Scorpænidæ, of several species, inhabiting the Indo-Pacific region. They are usually red, and have very large spinose pectoral and dorsal fins.
- fire + fish (Wiktionary)
“I have since upgraded to a 72 gallon “bowfront” with small fish including: blennies, gobies, clownfish, firefish, and black molies that serve as “dither fish”.”
“Native to the Indo-Pacific, the aptly-named lionfish also known as the scorpion fish, or firefish is believed to have been introduced to East Coast waters, including the Caribbean, by pet owners releasing aquarium fish into coastal waters.”
“By the way, did you -- er -- see me trying to catch some of those firefish just now? ”
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