Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various often brilliantly colored marine fishes of the family Scorpaenidae, having poisonous spines in the dorsal fins and often in the anal and pelvic fins, and including the lionfishes and, in some classifications, the rockfishes.

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  • noun Any of the family Scorpaenidae of mostly marine fish, including many of the world's most venomous species, the "sting" taking the form of sharp spines coated with venomous mucus.

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

  • noun marine fishes having a tapering body with an armored head and venomous spines

Etymologies

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scorpion +‎ fish

Examples

  • Although most of us had our heads in our soups through tiredness, we managed a "light supper" of a loaf or two of bread each, plus helpings of razor clams, clams, squid, Sóller prawns, scorpionfish, sea bream and red bream, followed by homemade almond ice cream.

    Cycling gastro tour of Mallorca: meals on wheels

  • There is a possible foreign body issue (i.e., risk for infection) if spikes from scorpionfish, stonefish, lionfish or spiny dogfish remain in the victim.

    Fish poisonings and envenomations

  • Although most of us had our heads in our soups through tiredness, we managed a "light supper" of a loaf or two of bread each, plus helpings of razor clams, clams, squid, Sóller prawns, scorpionfish, sea bream and red bream, followed by homemade almond ice cream.

    Cycling gastro tour of Mallorca: meals on wheels

  • They had stone fish and scorpionfish, and black-tipped reef sharks and a lot of Australian coral reef fish so that was cool to show the kids, and remind them what they'd seen a couple years back.

    the pearl

  • They had stone fish and scorpionfish, and black-tipped reef sharks and a lot of Australian coral reef fish so that was cool to show the kids, and remind them what they'd seen a couple years back.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • The cool things I saw: lionfish and leafy scorpionfish, a blue tang (aka "Dory" in Finding Nemo), clownfish and anemones (aka "Nemo" in Finding Nemo), unicorn fish, parrotfish, triggerfish.

    the great barrier reef

  • So, of course worried about being stung, I took to carrying rocks and trying to hit the scorpionfish with them whenever I saw them.

    Interactive Dig Black Sea: From the Field: August 9, 2006

  • The scorpionfish looks like a sandy gray version of the lionfish.

    Interactive Dig Black Sea: From the Field: August 9, 2006

  • The scorpionfish likes to sit still on the floor and watch you, and when shooed, only swims a couple feet then stops.

    Interactive Dig Black Sea: From the Field: August 9, 2006

  • The more menacing scorpionfish receives it name from the mildly poisonous spines on its back.

    Interactive Dig Black Sea: Video Diary: August 3, 2007

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