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

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To make matters even worse, David Anderson and Shira Polan write for Business Insider, goldfish are known to migrate across multiple bodies of water. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Giant Goldfish Shows Why You Should Never Flush Fish Down the Toilet," 26 June 2019 Fish and Game officials have been aware of the goldfish in Cuddy Pond since at least spring 2018. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Goldfish are thriving in a Midtown Anchorage pond. Alaska wildlife biologists want them gone.," 18 June 2019 Other acts are more fantastical; circus-goers of the past, for instance, would not have been treated to the sight of a huge goldfish hovering in the middle of the ring. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A German Circus Uses Stunning Holograms Instead of Live Animal Performers," 7 June 2019 There, my Canadian law degree was about as useful to me as this goldfish walker. Maria Kari, Glamour, "Stop Telling Kim Kardashian, Possible Future Lawyer, to 'Stay In Her Lane'," 21 Apr. 2019 Paris Aquarium providing sanctuary to over 600 unwanted pet goldfish. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump Organization may face charges over Cohen hush money; Trump vs. Sessions escalates," 24 Aug. 2018 The latest awww moment comes from a photo posted on Reddit showing a goldfish wearing a sling that its owner made out of a clothes tag and a cork. Diana Bruk, Good Housekeeping, "Someone Made an Adorable "Wheelchair" to Help a Sick Goldfish," 29 May 2015 Complete the underwater illusion by threading some fishing line through a vinyl goldfish and using it to suspend him. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Get the Whole Family Crafting With These Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments," 6 Dec. 2018 Two years ago, a goldfish – also in Pennsylvania – was fitted with braces. Karin Brulliard, The Seattle Times, "To save fish that can’t swim, veterinarian made them tiny floaties," 4 Sep. 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 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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