Definition of rabbitfish in US English:



  • A blunt-nosed chimaera with rodent-like front teeth and a long thin tail, found in the northeastern Atlantic and around South Africa.

    Chimaera monstrosa, family Chimaeridae

    Also called ratfish, rat-tail
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As discussed in physical description above, rabbitfishes lose their color at nightfall and may also change color if threatened.’
    • ‘Throughout the ferry, nudibranchs, groupers, puffers, and wrasses had taken up residence along with juvenile barracuda, fusiliers and rabbitfish.’