emperor fish

noun

Definition of emperor fish

: a large brilliantly colored edible butterfly fish (Holacanthus imperator) of the Japanese seas

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First Known Use of emperor fish

1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Emperor fish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emperor%20fish. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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