cardinal fish


: a fish of the genus Apogon or family Apogonidae related to the family Percidae and commonly red
especially : the common European cardinal fish (Apogon imberbis)

Word History


cardinal entry 2; from its color, compared with that of a cardinal's robes

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“Cardinal fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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