Definition of razorfish in US English:



  • 1A small fish of the Indo-Pacific, with a long flattened snout and a laterally compressed body encased in thin bony shields that meet to form a sharp ridge on the belly.

    Family Centriscidae: several genera and species, including Aeoliscus strigatus, which swims in a head-down vertical posture

    • ‘The pièce de résistance, though, was a gargantuan platter of seafood overflowing with everything from lobster all the way down to razorfish.’
  • 2A small, brightly colored wrasse (fish) with a steeply sloping forehead, living chiefly in sandy coastal waters of the western Atlantic.

    Genus Hemipteronotus, family Labridae: several species

    • ‘Juvenile rockmover wrasse and dwarf scorpionfish, ghost pipefish, razorfish, stonefish, mantis shrimps, snake eels, and the flamboyant anemone hermit crab are frequently seen in this area.’
    • ‘Worm tipped off with razorfish splints down each side and bound with elastic thread is a cracking bait.’
    • ‘Today virtually every household has a deep freeze where packets of sandeel, mackerel strip, crab and razorfish can be kept from the end of one season till the beginning of the next.’