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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Recent Examples on the Web Epiphytes, including orchids, staghorn ferns and goldfish plants hover over philodendron and ginger plants, to name a few. Roxanne Washington, cleveland, "Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Rainforest Adventure opens Saturday," 7 Mar. 2020 Garden Ponds Unlimited in Moore stepped in to relocate nearly 30 goldfish and koi to a display pond where they will be monitored for a few months, according to Lauri Lucas, co-owner of the pond contractor. USA TODAY, "Electric car corridor, underwater gravestone search, scooters in canal: News from around our 50 states," 4 Feb. 2020 Objects run the gamut — bikes, 50-pound weights, even a live goldfish in a plastic bag., "There is talent up and down the roster of the Thayer Academy girls’ soccer team.," 20 Oct. 2019 Traditional Japanese musicians and dancers performed on stage while children caught goldfish with paper nets and adults marched a heavy Shinto shrine around the park. National Geographic, "In WWII, the Japanese invaded Guam. Now they’re welcomed as tourists.," 13 Dec. 2019 Elephants and llamas — as well as neighborhood dogs, cats, and goldfish (in bowls) — were brought in for the annual event., "Rev. James Parks Morton, who expanded a cathedral’s identity, dies at 89," 8 Jan. 2020 The Anchorage Daily News reports more than 150 orange, white and red goldfish are swimming in Cuddy Pond near the city’s main library. USA TODAY, "Whiskey webs, alien abductions, goldfish invasion: News from around our 50 states," 25 June 2019 The goldfish are one piece of an odd ecosystem surrounding Cuddy Park. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Goldfish are thriving in a Midtown Anchorage pond. Alaska wildlife biologists want them gone.," 18 June 2019 One channel, Cat Games, has videos that entice cats to paw at everything from goldfish and lady bugs to leprechaun mice and gingerbread men. Sage Lazzaro, Wired, "Cats, Once YouTube Stars, Are Now an ‘Emerging Audience’," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of goldfish

1752, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of goldfish was in 1752

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30 Mar 2020

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“Goldfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of goldfish

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

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