gold·​fish | \ˈgōl(d)-ˌfish \

Definition of goldfish 

: a small usually golden-orange Asian cyprinid fish (Carassius auratus) often kept as an aquarium and pond fish

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Now, his illustrator’s touchscreen is covered in mock-ups of Mad Max–style aquatic space arenas, squids with tentacle fists, and a tiny goldfish driving a robot great white. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 One worries about morale when a child is on her own for the first time—without friends, pet goldfish, or a lamp. David Netto, Town & Country, "One Interior Designer on the Subtle Art of Decorating a Dorm Room," 12 July 2018 Some big flatheads have been caught on goldfish in the past week. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Catfish action picking up in Kansas, Missouri lakes," 11 July 2018 And $50,000 is an awful lot of money to shell out just because your favorite goldfish is about to become a floater. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "The Promise of Cloning: Are Pets Better the Second Time Around?," 9 Mar. 2018 Tables were highlighted by turquoise tablecloths with centerpieces of goldfish in glass containers with greenery and peacock feathers on top. Sue Strachan,, "Newman Parents Association gets Lost N Shangri-La," 29 May 2018 Nevertheless, the goldfish could formulate laws from their distorted frame of reference that would always hold true. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Eight great Stephen Hawking quotes on school, intelligence, aliens, goldfish and more," 14 Mar. 2018 The image includes significant elements of the 1967 Spanish-language novel that propelled Márquez’s literary career, including a goldfish and gypsies. Stephanie Petit,, "Google Celebrates Colombian Author Gabriel García Márquez with a Colorful Birthday Doodle," 6 Mar. 2018 The guy who once submerged himself, like a human goldfish, in a sphere of water on display in New York City, using tubes for air and nutrition, emerging seven days later with liver and kidney damage. Lauren Daley,, "David Blaine takes a licking and keeps on tricking," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of goldfish

1791, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of goldfish

: a small usually orange fish that people often keep in ponds or in fishbowls or tanks as a pet


gold·​fish | \ˈgōld-ˌfish \

Kids Definition of goldfish

: a small usually golden yellow or orange fish often kept in aquariums or ponds

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