spadefish


spade·fish

noun \ˈspād-ˌfish\

Definition of SPADEFISH

:  a laterally compressed bony fish (Chaetodipterus faber of the family Ephippidae) that resembles the angelfishes and is found in the warmer parts of the western Atlantic

First Known Use of SPADEFISH

1704

spadefish

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 17 species (order Perciformes) of predominantly tropical marine fishes with five or six vertical black bands on the deep, laterally compressed, silvery body. The bands may disappear with age, and adults may be solid white, black, or silver. The Atlantic spadefish (Chaetodipterus faber) ranges from New England to Brazil. It feeds primarily on marine invertebrates, particularly crustaceans and ctenophores.

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