clown fish

noun

Definition of clown fish

: any of various small tropical fishes (genera Amphiprion and Premnas) of the Indian and Pacific oceans that are related to the damselfishes, are bright orange usually with one or more vertical white stripes, and live symbiotically with sea anemones

Examples of clown fish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And a series of five photographs of clown fish embryos, which took second place in this year’s competition, show what Nemo looked like from day one to day nine of development. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "From a Zebrafish to Nylon Stockings, See This Year’s Small World Photography Winners," 15 Oct. 2020 Other mutualistic teams include ants and acacia trees, pollinators and flowers, and anemones and clown fishes. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, "It’s a Dirty Job, but Someone Has to Do It and Not Get Eaten," 19 Sep. 2019 Guests can also participate in a scavenger hunt to find little clown fish throughout the space. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Disney-inspired pop-up bar is coming to City Lounge in Cudahy," 3 Jan. 2020 Then a river of silver cardinal fish, and clown fish in their anemones, and snake eels, which look like something out of Star Wars, and all of this just in one sweep of turning your head. Charlotte Davey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Underwater Photographer David Doubilet on Seeing 50 Years of Coral Bleaching Firsthand," 18 Dec. 2019 Inside Arizona Mills is an aquarium with 30 displays and more than 5,000 ocean creatures, including clown fish, sea turtles, sharks, jellyfish, rays, octopus and seahorses. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 Say Nemo and most kids now think of the Disney clown fish with the neurotic dad. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "A real Lookingglass summer adventure in '20,000 Leagues Under the Seas'," 4 June 2018 That’s why the clown fish chooses to live in the anemone. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Clown Fish Need More Energy to Live in a Bleached Home," 10 Apr. 2018 Australia's Great Barrier Reef is heralded for its biodiversity: The colorful clusters of coral and wisps of islands stretch 1,400 miles, home to white and orange clown fish, the blacktip shark, humpback whales and hundreds of other species. NBC News, "Scope of Great Barrier Reef's massive coral bleaching alarms scientists," 21 Apr. 2018

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1957, in the meaning defined above

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30 Oct 2020

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“Clown fish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clown%20fish. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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