anthias

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noun an·thi·as \ˈan-thē-əs\

Definition of anthias

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anthias

  1. :  any of various small, brightly-colored marine fishes (subfamily Anthiinae of the family Serranidae) that have elongated bodies, inhabit coral reefs, often occur in large schools, and include several popular aquarium fishes You'd expect a trashed, barren reef, but from the coral rubble grew algae, which brought in loads of small fish like anthias, and in turn tons of bigger ones like grouper and trevally. — Nick Lucey, Rodale's Scuba Diving, August 1997

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Origin and Etymology of anthias

borrowed from New Latin, a genus name (in Linnaeus the specific epithet of Labrus anthias, later Anthias anthias), going back to Latin, borrowed from Greek anthíās, name for Anthias anthias or similar species


First Known Use: 1722


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