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

Examples of angelfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The queue doubles as an aquarium, and riders follow a twisting route through tanks filled with angelfish, tetras, seahorses, an octopus and seven varieties of rays. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "Roller-Coaster Designer on the Ups and Downs of His Work," 14 June 2019 After switching over to famed Route 1, snorkel among the angelfish at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and dive to a Spanish shipwreck at Cannon Beach. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Road Trips in North America," 10 June 2019 On the east end of the island, the Cathedral site comprises a series of coral formations and canyons populated by angelfish, parrotfish, and other critters. Katherine Cusumano, Condé Nast Traveler, "Bermuda Snorkeling Guide: 9 Best Dive Sites On The Island," 31 May 2019 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

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Angelfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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