Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various nocturnal fishes of the genus Holocentrus and related genera, of warm marine waters, having large eyes like those of squirrels and a usually brightly colored body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any member of the subfamily Holocentrinae of the family Holocentridae of ray-finned fish.

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

  • n. very small, brightly colored (especially red) nocturnal fishes of shallow waters or tropical reefs; they make sounds like a squirrel's bark
  • n. similar to sea bream; small spiny-finned fish found in bays along the southeastern coast of the United States

Etymologies

squirrel +‎ fish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • An orange squirrelfish flashed its spiny fins as it darted behind a bollard.

    See-Worthy

  • Deep-reef fish include squirrelfish, soldierfish, surgeonfish, snappers and emperors.

    Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

  • There were lots of details I'd never noticed before, like the red squirrelfish lurking in the shadows, the green fronds and algae growing in the little patches of light around the portholes, and even a single rubber boot, apparently in excellent condition, lying where someone must have kicked it off.

    The Wind from The Sun

  • Their guests returned with 492 blackfin tuna, 465 vermilion snapper, 15 triggerfish, 11 silk snapper and a variety of other fish, including scamp grouper, rockhinds, yellow mouths, pompano, barracuda and a squirrelfish.

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  • Although this wreck is relatively new, it has already attracted numerous species of fish including, squirrelfish and filefish, along with visits from morays and occasional reef sharks.

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  • The pier bait shops can provide reef location details, and anglers drifting live pinfish, squirrelfish or pilchards to these spots regularly haul in keeper gags.

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  • In four days of diving last summer, I often spotted colorful stoplight parrotfish, doctorfish, sergeant majors, trumpetfish, four-eye butterfly fish, squirrelfish and school masters.

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  • And why are squirrelfish named after squirrels even if they don't resemble anything like a cross between Bullwinkle's pal Rocky and a flippin 'fish?

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  • related note, squirrelfish growl at you if you can manage to corner them.

    fish in a squirrel suit | clusterflock

  • I’m not sure what I thought, but it involved squirrelfish

    without the fish burp | clusterflock

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