Definition of butterfly cod
: a percoid fish (Pterois volitans) of tropical coral reefs having vertical scarlet stripes on a creamy ground and the dorsal and pectoral fins greatly enlarged and shaped like a fan
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Origin and Etymology of butterfly cod
so called from the winglike fins
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