Definition of butterfish in English:



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

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