Definition of butterflyfish in English:



  • 1Any of a number of brightly colored or boldly marked fish of warm waters.

    • ‘Occasionally one sees butterfly fish, although they are mere visitors from the still distant Indian Ocean.’
    • ‘A few of her endemic favorites: the saddle wrasse, the bluestripe butterfly fish, and the whitesaddle goatfish.’
    • ‘In certain areas of the tropics where clownfish, sea anemone, and butterfly fish exist, clownfish scare off butterflyfish from their host anemone.’
    • ‘A manta ray flashed, scattering a school of butterfly fish, silver and striped with dark gold, each moving like the pulse of a wing.’
    • ‘The spine on the operculum is the best way to identify an angelfish and to distinguish it from similar-looking species, such as butterfly fish.’
  • 2A West African freshwater fish with large pectoral fins used in leaping out of the water and long fin rays used as stilts.

    • ‘The African Butterfly Fish is found in African in the waters of the West African Rainforest.’
    • ‘I got my first African Butterfly fish about 2 years ago and it was the nicest fish in my tank.’
    • ‘The Pantodontidae or Butterfly fish family consists of a single species which is distributed in tropical West Africa.’