One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a number of fishes with oily flesh or slippery skin.
a deep-bodied edible fish of temperate and tropical seas (family Stromateidae), in particular Peprilus triacanthus of eastern North America.
a tropical freshwater or marine fish that is popular in aquaria (several families, including Scatophagidae).
another term for gunnel.
an Australasian reef fish (family Odacidae), in particular the edible Odax pullus of New Zealand, which has green bones and feeds on kelp.
- ‘In the rock pools I used a net and caught butterfish.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The most common here are butterfish, which swim off, snake-like, if disturbed.’
- ‘Here butterfish can be seen feeding on mussels, and cowries are also in evidence.’
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