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

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Reef dwellers like snapping shrimp, damselfish , and clownfish all chirp and chatter away. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Barrier Reef Has Gone Silent. Here's Why That's So Dangerous.," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of damselfish

1904, in the meaning defined above

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