cardinal fish

noun

Definition of 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)

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History and Etymology for cardinal fish

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

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“Cardinal fish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cardinal%20fish. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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