One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A ratfish found in the north-eastern Atlantic and around South Africa.Also called rat-tail
- ‘Throughout the ferry, nudibranchs, groupers, puffers, and wrasses had taken up residence along with juvenile barracuda, fusiliers and rabbitfish.’
- ‘As discussed in physical description above, rabbitfishes lose their color at nightfall and may also change color if threatened.’
- ‘Large schools of rabbitfish and Sergeant Majors seeking a handout provide guaranteed excitement for snorkellers.’
- ‘But I also remember being amazed by the lush underwater scene and taking home happy memories of rabbitfish snacking on our bubbles as they escorted us around the house reef.’
2A fish with a blunt snout and rabbit-like jaws, found in inshore waters of the tropical Indo-Pacific, especially around reefs.
- ‘Smaller shoals of zooplanktivores, such as rabbitfishes and the juvenile forms of many other reef species, are also found hovering above and around coral reefs.’
- ‘Siganids get their common name, rabbitfishes, from their peaceful temperament, rounded blunt snout, and rabbit-like appearance of the jaws.’
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