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Definition of triggerfish

: any of various deep-bodied bony fishes (family Balistidae, especially genus Balistes) of warm seas having an anterior dorsal fin with two or three stout erectile spines

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Recent Examples on the Web The eels share this safe spot with tangs, triggerfish, grouper and more. Jeanne Houck,, "'Shipwreck: Realm of the Eels' opens Friday at the Newport Aquarium," 2 Mar. 2020 Among them, for example, size limits for yellowtail snapper would increase from 12 inches to 14 inches, red grouper from 20 inches to 24 inches and gray triggerfish from 12 inches to 14 inches. Kevin Spear,, "Florida moves for tighter fishing regulations for seatrout, blackfin tuna, Biscayne park," 2 Oct. 2019 Expect harissa seasons carrots, triggerfish garnished with marcona almond, and lamb loin with farro tabouli—and don't skip the house dirty martini, made with pickled tomato juice. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Restaurants in Charleston," 2 May 2018 David Mann, a 35-year-old visitor from Colorado, caught eight fish including triggerfish, sea bass, tilapia and rockfish on a four-hour April trip. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Beyond the beach in Rocky Point, Mexico: 6 things to do in Puerto Penasco," 25 June 2018 The haul on a trip with his grandson Zane in April: five triggerfish and a sea trout. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Beyond the beach in Rocky Point, Mexico: 6 things to do in Puerto Penasco," 25 June 2018 Like most invasive fish found off South Florida, like the destructive lionfish, the lagoon triggerfish was likely someone's pet in a saltwater aquarium and later let go in the ocean. David Goodhue, miamiherald, "An aggressive aquarium fish gets plucked from the ocean — and is heading to a new home | Miami Herald," 10 May 2018 The stocks removed from the overfished list also include types of gray triggerfish, yelloweye rockfish and Pacific ocean perch. Washington Post, "US says number of overfished fish stocks at all-time low," 17 May 2018 When there’s tilefish, triggerfish or grunt (bad name for a good fish), who needs flounder? Debbie Moose, charlotteobserver, "NC’s waters offer so much seafood goodness. Open your eyes, and plates, to it. | Charlotte Observer," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of triggerfish

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Triggerfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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