Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several marine fishes of the family Carangidae, found in warm coastal waters of North and South America and having short compressed bodies and a silver to yellowish color. Also called dollarfish.
  • n. See opah.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various flat, egground marine fish species.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An American marine fish (Vomer setipennis); -- called also bluntnosed shiner, horsefish, and sunfish.
  • n. A broad, thin, silvery marine fish (Selene vomer); -- called also lookdown, and silver moonfish.
  • n. The mola. See sunfish, 1.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name of several fishes.
  • n. The opah, Lampris guttatus.
  • n. Same as mariposa, 2.

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

  • n. any of several silvery marine fishes with very flat bodies
  • n. large elliptical brightly colored deep-sea fish of Atlantic and Pacific and Mediterranean

Etymologies

Germanic: moon + fish; parallel to the cognate, synonymous Dutch maanvis. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The secret ingredient: opah (also known as moonfish or sunfish).

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  • The roles since then have been seemingly random: an abominable snowman, a school of moonfish, a supervillain, an anthropomorphic Mack truck, a waiter, a space traveler and a construction worker.

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  • He did witness "extensive moonfish kills" and also saw a number of dead sand perch and some tarpon.

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  • He buys albacore at $1.15 a pound, carita (Pacific moonfish) at $0.12 a pound and shrimp at $1.40

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  • Sunfish, known in German as moonfish, are large flat fish with large fins on their top and underside.

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  • At the back of the store, the silvery gleam of a large opah (moonfish) was on display with other catches from the ocean.

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  • opah moonfish is one of my favourite fishes, ever. in hawaii, you can get dried opah at this little market called tamashiro's;if you're ever there, seek it out, it's fantastic--thinly sliced, marinated in soy, sesame oil and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

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