blue tang


: a surgeonfish (Acanthurus coeruleus) that is bright blue with darker longitudinal stripes when mature and occurs chiefly from Bermuda to Brazil

Examples of blue tang in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yellow tang yuan, for instance, represents wealth, while eating blue tang yuan is said to aid one’s career. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Feb. 2024 In addition to Gould, the movie also starred the voices of Albert Brooks as Nemo's father Marlin, Willem Dafoe as Gill and Ellen DeGeneres as the forgetful blue tang fish Dory. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 30 May 2023 Watch Finding Nemo on Disney+ Finding Dory The 2016 sequel to Finding Nemo is all about Dory (DeGeneres), the adorably forgetful blue tang fish. Sydni Ellis, Peoplemag, 17 Mar. 2023 Watch Party Central on Disney+ Finding Nemo When Nemo, a young clownfish, gets captured and trapped in a dentist's office's fish tank, his dad Marlin (Albert Brooks) teams up with a forgetful blue tang fish, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), to find him. Sydni Ellis, Peoplemag, 17 Mar. 2023 More than 80 types of fish lived inside the aquarium, including blue tang and clownfish. Arkansas Online, 17 Dec. 2022 All of the fish featured in the film, like clown fish, blue tang, sharks, and anglerfish, all look like their real-life counterparts, albeit with that iconic Pixar animation flair. Robert Anderson, PCMAG, 9 Nov. 2022 The bulk of the blue tang's diet, however, comes from algae. Caitlin McLean, USA TODAY, 25 July 2022 The 40-minute musical featured live performers and large puppetry to tell the story of lost, curious clownfish Nemo and the search by his protective father Marlin, who is assisted in the hunt by Dory, a short-attention-span blue tang. Dewayne Bevil,, 14 Sep. 2021

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Word History


tang entry 1 (surgeonfish)

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blue tang was in 1864

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“Blue tang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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