anthias

noun an·thi·as \ ˈan-thē-əs \

Definition of anthias

plural anthias
: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 LuceyRodale's Scuba DivingAugust 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


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