damselfish

noun
dam·​sel·​fish | \ ˈdam-zəl-ˌfish How to pronounce damselfish (audio) \

Definition of damselfish

: any of numerous often brilliantly colored marine fishes (family Pomacentridae) living especially along coral reefs

called also demoiselle

Examples of damselfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Brigade’s members, mostly volunteers, delighted in the bright damselfish that darted into restored crevices even before the paste had hardened. New York Times, 5 Dec. 2020 Making a castle fit for a human, but also for a damselfish. Emily Cataneo, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Oct. 2020 Come face-to-face with countless species of marine life—from colorful parrotfish and damselfish to eels, rays, and turtles. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019 Come face-to-face with countless species of marine life—from colorful parrotfish and damselfish to eels, rays, and turtles. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019 Come face-to-face with countless species of marine life—from colorful parrotfish and damselfish to eels, rays, and turtles. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019 Come face-to-face with countless species of marine life—from colorful parrotfish and damselfish to eels, rays, and turtles. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019 Come face-to-face with countless species of marine life—from colorful parrotfish and damselfish to eels, rays, and turtles. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019 Come face-to-face with countless species of marine life—from colorful parrotfish and damselfish to eels, rays, and turtles. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of damselfish

1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Damselfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damselfish. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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