file·​fish ˈfī(-ə)l-ˌfish How to pronounce filefish (audio)
: any of various small-mouthed bony fishes (family Monacantidae, especially genera Aluterus, Cantherhines, and Monacanthus) with rough granular leathery skin

Examples of filefish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are even some fish who can change color to blend in, including the rock goby and filefish. 2. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 6 Mar. 2023 Hatchling Harbor will be home to various animals, including the scrawled filefish, lobsters, crabs, conchs and urchins. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 21 Feb. 2023 Researchers placed sections of pipe in the tank: one contained a filefish and the other a piece of coral. Bethany Hubbard, Discover Magazine, 10 Dec. 2014 The Hunger Games To answer this question, researchers placed sixteen filefish into four tanks. Bethany Hubbard, Discover Magazine, 10 Dec. 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

1681, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of filefish was in 1681

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“Filefish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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file·​fish ˈfī(ə)l-ˌfish How to pronounce filefish (audio)
: any of various fishes with rough leathery skin

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