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 Peacocks, panther chameleons, scarlet macaws, clown fish, toucans, blue-ringed octopuses and so many more: The animal kingdom has countless denizens with extraordinarily colorful beauty. Quanta Magazine, 21 June 2021 Peacocks, panther chameleons, scarlet macaws, clown fish, toucans, blue-ringed octopuses, and so many more: The animal kingdom has countless denizens with extraordinarily colorful beauty. Viviane Callier, The Atlantic, 20 June 2021 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, 15 Oct. 2020 Other mutualistic teams include ants and acacia trees, pollinators and flowers, and anemones and clown fishes. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2019 Guests can also participate in a scavenger hunt to find little clown fish throughout the space. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 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, 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, 1 July 2019 Say Nemo and most kids now think of the Disney clown fish with the neurotic dad. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of clown fish

1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Clown fish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clown%20fish. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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