Definition of clownfish in English:

clownfish

noun

  • A small tropical marine fish with bold vertical stripes or other bright coloration. It lives in close association with anemones and is protected from their stings by mucus.

    Also called anemone fish
    • ‘When a tomato clownfish brings food back to an anemone, the anemone is rewarded with crumbs from the meal.’
    • ‘So, the protection of the anemone afforded by the clownfish is part of the mutual relationship.’
    • ‘The mystery behind the clownfish and sea anemone relationship is how the clownfish avoids being stung and killed by its host anemone.’
    • ‘In that way the clownfish gets protection and attracts prey for the anemone, an example of symbiosis, or co-operation between different animals.’
    • ‘Among the damaged coral we saw free-swimming moray eels, octopuses, and several anemones with their resident clownfish.’

Pronunciation

clownfish

/ˈklaʊnfɪʃ//ˈklounfiSH/