squir·​rel·​fish ˈskwər(-ə)l-ˌfish How to pronounce squirrelfish (audio)
: any of various small chiefly tropical usually red bony fishes (family Holocentridae) with large eyes, spiny fins, and rough scales

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Recent Examples on the Web The squirrelfish can only reach a max length of about two feet, but this creature packs some serious punch in its relatively small frame. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 17 Aug. 2022

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First Known Use

1803, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of squirrelfish was in 1803

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“Squirrelfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squirrelfish. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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