li·​on·​fish ˈlī-ən-ˌfish How to pronounce lionfish (audio)
: any of several scorpaenid fishes (genus Pterois) of the Indian Ocean and the tropical Pacific that are brilliantly striped and barred with elongated fins and venomous dorsal spines

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Joe Roman, a conservation ecologist at the University of Vermont, sees copi as part of a larger push that also includes lionfish and the European green crab, two other invasive species that double as the next trendy menu staple. Kate Knibbs, WIRED, 15 Mar. 2023 To show this doubling up of battery and hydraulics could work, the team designed and built a mechanical, autonomous robot fish — specifically, a lionfish. Bill Andrews, Discover Magazine, 19 June 2019 Olsen prepares lionfish by scaling and carefully fileting it, preserving the skeletal body. Mallory Arnold, Outside Online, 21 Sep. 2022 And unlike many other species that have a more defined breeding season, lionfish can spawn year-round. Biographic, Discover Magazine, 4 Nov. 2019 Since then, the South Florida lionfish population has exploded because the species has no natural predators in this area. Outside Online, 22 Dec. 2022 And lionfish culling has also become a tourist attraction. Daphne Ewing-chow, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Invasive lionfish have eaten their way across reefs, reducing native fish populations by almost 70 percent. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 26 Nov. 2015 One of the most unusual—and exciting—ways to put that philosophy into action is to go spearfishing for lionfish. Outside Online, 22 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lionfish was in 1848

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“Lionfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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