goatfish

noun

goat·​fish ˈgōt-ˌfish How to pronounce goatfish (audio)
: any of a family (Mullidae) of medium-sized often brightly colored bony fishes having two long barbels under the chin, and elongate body, and two widely separated dorsal fins compare red mullet

Examples of goatfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maui is popular for both offshore trolling (blue and striped marlin, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi) and bottom fishing (snapper, amberjack, hogfish, goatfish and more). Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 4 May 2023 But the goatfish are more sophisticated still. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 24 Oct. 2011 The goatfish normally forage alone, using their whisker-like barbels to feel around for prey buried in sand. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 24 Oct. 2011 The cooperative hunts of the goatfish were one of these incidental observations. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 24 Oct. 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of goatfish was in 1885

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“Goatfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goatfish. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

goatfish

noun
goat·​fish ˈgōt-ˌfish How to pronounce goatfish (audio)
: any of a family of medium-sized often brightly colored fishes having two stringy feelers under the chin

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