Definition of angelfish in English:

angelfish

noun

  • Any of a number of laterally compressed deep-bodied fishes with extended dorsal and anal fins, typically brightly coloured or boldly striped.

    a freshwater fish native to the Amazon basin (genus Pterophyllum, family Cichlidae), in particular P. scalare.

    a marine or reef-dwelling fish (several genera in the family Chaetodontidae).

    another term for batfish (sense 2)

    • ‘The spine on the operculum is the best way to identify an angelfish and to distinguish it from similar-looking species, such as butterfly fish.’
    • ‘Gyrodus was a ‘deep-bodied’ form rather like today's angelfishes, with heavy, crushing jaws that suggest it may have fed on molluscs or on corals.’
    • ‘Here, where currents from South America and the Atlantic clash and dump their plankton load, pelagics share the reefs with the ubiquitous black durgons, queen angelfish and creole wrasse you might expect to find.’
    • ‘Most of what you see here are coral fish like various wrasses, squirrelfish, Moorish Idols, parrotfish, angelfish, surgeonfish and butterflyfish.’
    • ‘As the rays hover over the seamounts, the diminutive angelfish come up and feed on the parasites that attach to the rays' skin.’
    • ‘The sites are home to a vast variety of reef dwellers such as the damselfish, angelfish, butterflyfish and sweetlips.’
    • ‘We saw crabs, eels, batfish, unicornfish, pufferfish, boxfish, lionfish, squirrelfish, racoonfish, butterflyfish, parrotfish and angelfish, to name just a few.’
    • ‘Species associated with the Great Barrier Reef, such as Moorish idols, trumpetfish, butterfly, angelfish and fairy basslets co-exist with temperate seaweeds and fish that like colder climates.’
    • ‘Back at the ladder, Fred shoots his last few frames on a large school of oldwives, black and white fish that look a lot like the angelfish I had in an aquarium when I was a kid.’
    • ‘In marine areas, species concentrations are highest around coral reefs, where butterflyfishes and angelfishes, wrasses, parrotfishes and triggerfishes are common.’
    • ‘A fairly strong current ensured that the fishlife was superb - barramundi cod, angelfish, schooling sweetlips and whitetip reef sharks were just a few species we encountered.’
    • ‘On the wall hawkfish, angelfish, trumpets, groupers and a school of adult midnight snappers approach divers with curiosity.’
    • ‘Feeling rather like a whale among minnows, I found myself in the middle of schools of small green damselfish and a host of mainly yellow and blue angelfish, bannerfish and butterfly fish.’
    • ‘We passed small shoals of bigeye snapper, masked angelfish and a couple of colourful groupers on our way to a garden of gorgonians.’
    • ‘Damselfish make up almost half, with angelfish, surgeonfish, wrasses, gobies, and butterfly fish accounting for another 25 to 30 percent.’
    • ‘Soft corals sway with the current, while schools of striped and spotted groupers, angelfish, batfish and lionfish dart between them.’
    • ‘The angelfish, butterflyfish and pufferfish were trying to sleep, the parrotfish were already ensconced in their mucus cocoons, but small blacktip reef sharks followed me around.’
    • ‘Coral outcrops in Bida Nai gave refuge to a large river of yellow snappers and glassy sweepers; I managed to photograph a beautiful pair of blue-lined groupers and blue-ringed angelfish.’
    • ‘Freshwater angelfish have extended dorsal and anal fins and discus fishes, have compressed, disc-like bodies.’
    • ‘Parrotfish, wrasse, grouper, angelfish, butterflyfish and barracuda are permanent residents.’

Pronunciation

angelfish

/ˈeɪndʒ(ə)lfɪʃ/