Abudefduf

noun

Ab·​u·​def·​duf
ˌabüˈdef(ˌ)dəf
: a genus of small ovate short-headed marine teleost fishes commonly found about rocks and other submerged objects and usually included in the percoid family Pomacentridae but sometimes made the type of a separate family (Abudefdufidae)

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Arabic abūdafdūf

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Abudefduf was in 1897

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“Abudefduf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Abudefduf. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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