Definitions

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

  • noun Any of various small nocturnal fishes of the family Holocentridae of tropical waters, having large eyes and a reddish body with spiny scales.

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  • noun 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.

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

Etymologies

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squirrel +‎ fish

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.

    The Daily News - News

  • 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.

    The Daily News - News

  • 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.

    The Daily News - News

  • 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.

    The Daily News - News

  • 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.

    The Daily News - News

  • 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.

    The Daily News - News

  • 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.

    The Daily News - News

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