li·​on·​fish | \ˈlī-ən-ˌfish \

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 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., "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., "The Best Meal Famed Chef José Andrés Has Ever Eaten Was A Humble Potato," 10 July 2018 With wild fish stocks declining and imported farmed seafood concerns around sustainability and antibiotics rising, Bay Area seafood companies have started to bring in other invasive seafood species in recent years, such as Asian carp and lionfish. Tara Duggan,, "Bay Area men’s plan to market invasive fish from Mexico hits snag in U.S.," 2 July 2018 While all of that is great news for Belize, Root points out that the reef still faces challenges from increasing cruise-ship tourism and development, an invasion of lionfish, which decimate other tropical species, and pollution runoff. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How the Belize Barrier Reef Beat the Endangered List," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of lionfish

circa 1907, in the meaning defined above

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