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 Hurricane Andrew also caused the release of captive red lionfish—a striking animal native to the Indo-Pacific—into the oceans around Florida. Rebecca Renner, National Geographic, "Intensifying hurricanes are helping invasive species spread across the U.S.," 22 Oct. 2020 There are costly high-tech solutions in the works, including traps that lure lionfish using recordings of their own burbling sounds. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "When Invasive Species Become the Meal," 2 Oct. 2020 With lionfish in the mix, however, shyness is a major survival advantage. Lesley Evans Ogden, Scientific American, "Shyness Helps Parrotfish Survive Invasive Predators," 19 May 2020 Find venomous and beautiful lionfish with their long flowing fins, spiny scorpionfish and the blackedge moray eel with its long fin running the entire length of its body. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "'Shipwreck: Realm of the Eels' opens Friday at the Newport Aquarium," 2 Mar. 2020 So the scientists further tested the parrotfish’s response by injecting lionfish and grouper effluent—an excretory soup from the predators’ water—into their tanks. Lesley Evans Ogden, Scientific American, "Shyness Helps Parrotfish Survive Invasive Predators," 19 May 2020 Instructions: Cut lionfish into short, thin, julienned pieces. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Escape To The Caribbean With These Soulful Recipes," 29 Apr. 2020 Colin Angle, the cofounder of iRobot, developed a 20-pound submersible that captures 20 lionfish at a time, resurfaces, and dives back down for another haul, the Christian Science Monitor reports. National Geographic, "Where do your backyard birds migrate in the winter?," 7 Nov. 2019 For about 20 minutes Monday morning, Carissa Clay answered a lively barrage of questions about lionfish while several of them swam idly in a tank beside her. al, "Dauphin Island Sea Lab putting coastal creatures online," 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of lionfish

circa 1907, in the meaning defined above

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8 Nov 2020

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“Lionfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lionfish. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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