moonfish

noun
moon·​fish | \ ˈmün-ˌfish How to pronounce moonfish (audio) \
plural moonfish or moonfishes

Definition of moonfish

: any of various compressed often short deep-bodied silvery or yellowish marine fishes: such as
a : opah
b : platy

Examples of moonfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The haul was amazing: moonfish and blue lobster, greens Britko had never heard of. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "‘Did I miss him asking for help?’ After death of Ocean City chef, a look at suicide in restaurant industry," 11 Sep. 2019 Brozanski, president of Stokes Fish in Florida, was standing beside his seafood display, which included moonfish and other niche-domestic species. Rachel Ellner, BostonGlobe.com, "Marsala brings out the beauty in monkfish," 14 May 2018 Maybe a moonfish, but definitely not a whale or a shark, some said. Brian Ballou, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Consensus: Creature that drew a crowd at the beach was a sunfish," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of moonfish

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of moonfish was in 1646

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“Moonfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moonfish. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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