from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A new Zealand fish, Heteroscarus castelnaui.
- noun One of several different fishes of bright or varied coloration.
- noun A sparoid fish, Scarus or Pseudoscarus quadrispinosus.
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I know that was the impression I made on the rainbow-fish, for they fled within the caves, and only by peeping in through the glass could I see them to drive the spear into them.
There are displayed tiny caves and grottoes of white coral, star-fishes, sea-urchins, growing sponges, sea-fans, and bright-colored fishes, including the hummingbird fish, and others like butterflies with mottled fins and scales, together with that little oddity, the rainbow-fish.