trig·ger·fish | \ˈtri-gər-ˌfish \

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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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 Shipp, however, has seen plenty of triggerfish on his research trips. Frank Sargeant,, "Dr. Bob Shipp ready for 35th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo," 16 July 2017 The triggerfish, pan-seared with a crust of crab meat, took the gold medal. Andy Staples,, "Where to eat, drink in Mobile, Alabama," 30 June 2017 Eligible fish in the spearfishing division include barracuda, cobia, grouper, jack crevalle, sheepshead, mangrove snapper, triggerfish and miscellaneous. Todd Masson,, "Food, fun, fish featured at Golden Meadow-Fourchon rodeo," 28 June 2017

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1849, in the meaning defined above

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