lionfish

noun
li·​on·​fish | \ ˈlī-ən-ˌfish How to pronounce lionfish (audio) \

Definition of lionfish

: 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

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The robotic hunter needs to be able to distinguish lionfish from other fish within the reef ecosystem to choose the right target. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Robot Will Hunt Lionfish to Save Coral Reefs," 27 Aug. 2018 Experts have suggested eating lionfish, and most recently a new robot was deployed to stalk and kill the watery pest. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Watch A Guy Shoot Invasive Lionfish With A Glock 9mm," 25 Sep. 2016 The lionfish, a fantastical-looking fish native to the Pacific, has colonized the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, decimating the bait fish populations other species need to survive. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Watch A Guy Shoot Invasive Lionfish With A Glock 9mm," 25 Sep. 2016 Today, for instance, the voracious Indo-Pacific lionfish is gobbling up local fish in the west Atlantic, while the Asian carp threatens the ecosystem of the Great Lakes. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Overrun by Alien Species," 1 Nov. 2018 Unfortunately, lionfish are now part of our environment. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Lionfish in the Caribbean: Destructive menace, delicious dinner," 3 July 2018 Andrés's fried preparation is delicious — rendering juicy, flaky fillets — but the real reason the creature found its way onto the menu has more do to with the fact that lionfish are killing off the local fish population and harming the coral reef. refinery29.com, "The Best Meal Famed Chef José Andrés Has Ever Eaten Was A Humble Potato," 10 July 2018 How sick of the lionfish is the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission? Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Wanted dead, not alive: the lionfish. You can make $5,000 if you get rid of them," 20 June 2018 One of the signature dishes at Fish is a whole fried lionfish, which is expertly presented for maximum Instagrammability. refinery29.com, "The Best Meal Famed Chef José Andrés Has Ever Eaten Was A Humble Potato," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of lionfish

circa 1907, in the meaning defined above

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