anemonefish

noun anem·o·ne·fish \ ə-ˈne-mə-nē-ˌfish \
variants: or anemone fish

Definition of anemonefish

:clown fish
  • Among scientists and aquarists, clownfish are also known as anemonefish because they can't survive without a host anemone, whose stinging tentacles protect them and their developing eggs from intruders.
  • —James ProsekNational GeographicJanuary 2010
  • Dozens of members of the large tropical family of damselfish, or demoiselles, live on the Great Barrier Reef. They include several species of anemone fish, which grow to about 12 centimetres and are usually orange, with one or more broad vertical white stripes.
  • —Nick DraysonAustralian GeographicJuly–September 1990

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First Known Use of anemonefish

1930


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