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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Come face-to-face with countless species of marine life—from colorful parrotfish and damselfish to eels, rays, and turtles. National Geographic, "Belize High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 As a result, plant-eating damselfish were smaller and grew more slowly around the islands with rats than the islands without. Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic, "How rats became an inescapable part of city living," 17 June 2019 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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damselfly

damsite

damson

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The first known use of damselfish was in 1904

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