plural -es : a parrot fish (Sparisoma cretense) of the Mediterranean of excellent table quality and highly esteemed by the ancient Romans
capitalized [New Latin, from Latin, parrot fish] : the type genus of Scaridae comprising fishes with the teeth completely consolidated so that the jaws have the appearance of a bird's beak compare parrot fish

Word History


Latin, from Greek skaros; probably akin to Greek skairein to skip, leap

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“Scarus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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