Definition of butterfish in English:

butterfish

noun

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

    another term for gunnel.

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

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

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

    • ‘Here butterfish can be seen feeding on mussels, and cowries are also in evidence.’
    • ‘The most common here are butterfish, which swim off, snake-like, if disturbed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the rock pools I used a net and caught butterfish.’

Pronunciation

butterfish

/ˈbʌtəfɪʃ/