an·​gel·​fish | \ ˈān-jəl-ˌfish How to pronounce angelfish (audio) \

Definition of angelfish

1 : any of several laterally compressed brightly colored bony fishes (family Pomacanthidae) of warm seas
2 : a black and silver laterally compressed South American cichlid fish (Pterophyllum scalare) popular in aquariums

called also scalare

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At top, a gray angelfish swims along a reef where coral has been planted by restoration workers. Evan Halper,, "Racing to save Florida’s coral from climate change, scientists turn to a once-unthinkable strategy: ‘assisted evolution’," 9 July 2018 A school of black-and-yellow-stripe angelfish darted around me, while a grouper the size of a Smart car lumbered past. Joshua Hammer, New York Times, "In Eritrea, a Diver’s Dreamscape," 16 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of angelfish

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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