gold·​fish | \ ˈgōl(d)-ˌfish How to pronounce goldfish (audio) \

Definition of goldfish

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

Examples of goldfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Euronews reports that scientists discovered over 20,000 goldfish living in a stormwater pond outside of Ontario. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 28 Mar. 2022 Over the years, Kimpton’s various hotels have dabbled in other programs, including one where guests could check out a goldfish to keep them company (although that one has since been discontinued). Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 Steven's life seems ordinary enough, spending most of his time caring for his goldfish and regularly calling his mom. Devan Coggan,, 30 Mar. 2022 Cities around North America have increasingly been building such ponds in the past 40 years to capture rain and runoff, and invasive goldfish are flourishing in thousands of them. Hannah Loss, Scientific American, 23 Mar. 2022 As a recent survey by Microsoft found that humans have an average attention span of eight seconds (less than a goldfish), hitting potential customers with the right message at the right time is crucial. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 In lab experiments, neuroscientists have trained goldfish and rats to drive robots. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2022 Well, think about the goldfish-swallowing days and all the rest of it. Rory Appleton, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Jan. 2022 Scientists in Israel have reportedly trained goldfish to drive. Tristan Balagtas,, 12 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of goldfish

1752, in the meaning defined above

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“Goldfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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gold·​fish | \ ˈgōld-ˌfish How to pronounce goldfish (audio) \

Kids Definition of goldfish

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

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