lionfish

noun

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

Examples of lionfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The red lionfish, Pterois volitans, was introduced to Florida waters and quickly exploded in numbers. Bob Hirshon, Discover Magazine, 2 Mar. 2024 With a similar lionfish invasion underway in the Mediterranean, there’s urgent need for effective responses. Jennifer Weeks, The Conversation, 6 June 2023 One fish, two fish, these are new fish The voracious and venomous lionfish is just one of 46 exotic fish species reported in Florida waters by the iNaturalist project Florida's Non-Native Fish. Bob Hirshon, Discover Magazine, 2 Mar. 2024 The day’s catch included lionfish, an invasive species that threatens the fragile coral ecosystem. Carley Thornell, Travel + Leisure, 19 Jan. 2024 The hope is that a robust consumer market will incentivize lionfish hunting, and that humans with spearguns will become the predators that invasive lionfish need. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Mar. 2019 In the Caribbean, venomous lionfish are driving down the numbers of native fish. Dino Grandoni, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Sep. 2023 This year, 1,898 lionfish were removed in total during the fall derby. Sage Marshall, Field & Stream, 13 Sep. 2023 Our team can successfully catch one lionfish per minute. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Mar. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lionfish was in 1848

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“Lionfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lionfish. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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