Definition of butterfish in English:


nounPlural butterfishes

  • Any of a number of fishes with oily flesh or slippery skin.

    an Australasian reef fish (family Odacidae), in particular the edible Odax pullus of New Zealand, which has green bones and feeds on kelp.

    another term for gunnel.

    a tropical freshwater or marine fish that is popular in aquaria (several families, including Scatophagidae).

    a deep-bodied edible fish of temperate and tropical seas (family Stromateidae), in particular Peprilus triacanthus of eastern North America.

    • ‘Here butterfish can be seen feeding on mussels, and cowries are also in evidence.’
    • ‘It was not until the autofocus hit the mark that I noted the jaws of the scorpionfish trapping the poor butterfish.’
    • ‘Ballan wrasse, dragonets, scorpionfish, butterfish and topknots (common and Norwegian) all occur frequently.’
    • ‘In the rock pools I used a net and caught butterfish.’
    • ‘The most common here are butterfish, which swim off, snake-like, if disturbed.’