scorpion fish


: any of various scorpaenid fishes (especially genus Scorpaena)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In Favignana town, the family-run Quello Che C'è...C'è! has fresh sea bream and freaky scorpion fish, which looks like hunks of coral. Stephanie Rafanelli, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Aug. 2021 The restaurant uses all of its oceanic wizardry: First, in its logo, a poppy-red illustration of the spiky rascassa (scorpion fish) that it’s named after. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Mar. 2018 La Capannina is a tad touristy but makes delicious local specialties like linguine with scorpion fish. Alexander Lobrano, Town & Country, 2 June 2017 Here, there are live animals showing off their colors — eels, scorpion fish, pipefish, green-patterned chain catsharks and red seahorses. James Gorman, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scorpion fish was in 1661

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“Scorpion fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

scorpion fish


: any of a family (Scorpaenidae) of marine spiny-finned fishes
especially : one having a venomous spine or spines on its dorsal fin

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