cleaner fish

noun

Definition of cleaner fish

:any of several small fish that clean larger fish of parasites and dead tissue; especially :cleaner wrasse
  • So-called cleaner fish are among the best-known examples of mutualism in nature. These small fish eat parasites off the skin of larger fish, and it's a win-win situation—the small fish gets food and protection from predators while the larger one stays clean and healthy.
  • —Henry FountainNew York Times28 Apr. 2009

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First Known Use of cleaner fish

1958


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