blue tang


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Turquoise water stretches into the distance, stuffed full of blue tangs and schools of yellowtail snapper that flounder away from our ship and conceal themselves beneath thin layers of sea foam. David Canfield,, 2 July 2019 No one knows how many blue tangs are taken from coral reefs across the Indo-Pacific each year for saltwater aquariums. National Geographic, 20 July 2016 No one knows the effects of Finding Dory on sales of blue tangs. National Geographic, 20 July 2016 The big concern now is over the regal blue tang—or Ellen DeGeneres’ Dory in the upcoming Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory. National Geographic, 3 May 2016 See More

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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 3 Feb. 2023.

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