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

Examples of lionfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, teams of volunteer divers are sent out to spear lionfish. Nick Squires, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Oct. 2021 Florida already has plenty of non-native species such as the arapaima, termites, lionfish, Burmese pythons and certain types of lizards and iguanas. Chris Perkins, sun-sentinel.com, 30 July 2021 Rock the Marina & Lionfish Derby takes over Boynton Harbor Marina in Boynton Beach on Saturday, with live music, other entertainment and education sessions focused on the ocean environment and how to prepare and cook lionfish. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, 24 June 2021 David Rogers weighed in something far smaller, but just as likely to draw attention: One of the venomous lionfish that has invaded the Gulf ecology in recent years. al, 17 July 2021 Nor had the Orlando or Port Canaveral Grills locations, which note lionfish dinners on their website, but that folks should follow them on Facebook for its availability. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 20 June 2021 Restaurants have begun featuring lionfish on menus. John Christopher Fine, sun-sentinel.com, 9 Apr. 2021 The Florida Keys have been ravaged by the proliferation of lionfish. John Christopher Fine, sun-sentinel.com, 9 Apr. 2021 Galloway said lionfish feed on commercially and economically important fish, something that affects diving tourism. CBS News, 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of lionfish

circa 1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lionfish was circa 1907

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16 Oct 2021

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“Lionfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lionfish. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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