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

  • n. Any of various chiefly tropical marine fishes of the family Balistidae, related to and resembling the triggerfishes, with a flat body and rough spiny scales.

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  • n. Any fish of the family Monacanthidae, with very slender bodies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any plectognath fish of the genera Monacanthus, Alutera, balistes, and allied genera; -- so called on account of the roughly granulated skin, which is sometimes used in place of sandpaper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any plectognathous fish of the family Balistidæ: so called from the roughly granular skin.

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

  • n. narrow flattened warm-water fishes with leathery skin and a long file-like dorsal spine

Etymologies

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From file +‎ fish.

Examples

  • Some were truly incredible — from the impossibly tiny-mouthed filefish (No. 32), to the blue parrotfish (No. 35) that looked like wet sapphire, to the 2-foot-long remora (No. 34) that Adler insisted could adhere to my belly and hang there (it did, and the sensation was like having a vacuum-cleaner hose with a thousand tiny needles at its end stuck to your skin).

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  • Between 1955 and 1975, there were observed fluctuations in catch for yellowtail, horse mackerel, filefish, parrot bass and sea robin, in Sagami Bay.

    Kuroshio Current large marine ecosystem

  • 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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  • Parrotfish, filefish and sergeant major fish prowled as starfish lurked on the bottom.

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