tropical fish


Definition of tropical fish

: any of various small usually showy fishes of tropical origin often kept in a tropical aquarium

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Popular with snorkelers and swimmers, the calm turquoise-blue water is filled with unique corals, tropical fish and turtles. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "The 4 best beaches in America, according to 'Dr. Beach'," 11 July 2018 Each year about 10 million tropical fish are imported into the U.S., more than to any other country. National Geographic, "See How Fish Get From Coral Reefs to Your Aquarium Tank," 29 Mar. 2018 In addition to the 100+ species of tropical fish, there are a number of shipwrecks to be explored off the coast, including at least three that can be reached by snorkelers without a boat. Condé Nast Traveler, "Car-Free Destinations for Your Next Island Vacation," 1 June 2018 For example, tropical fish species are now commonly found in Sydney Harbour. Smithsonian, "Ocean Heatwaves Are Getting Longer and More Intense," 2 June 2018 Kapalua is also lined with palm trees, has white coral sand and colorful tropical fish, and is perfect for snorkeling. Beth J. Harpaz,, "Maui's Kapalua Bay Beach tops Dr. Beach's best beach list," 25 May 2018 Maui: Marine Life Snorkeling is great way for older kids to get up close and personal with tropical fish. Matt Villano, Sunset, "Our Guide to Visiting Hawaii with Kids," 22 Jan. 2018 Divers with a Key Largo environmental group helped track and remove a non-native tropical fish from the ocean off Fort Lauderdale last week. 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 tropical fish migrates from Florida to Texas when the water is warmer. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Seafood restaurants squeezed by climate change, growing appetites," 6 Apr. 2018

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1931, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tropical fish

: a small, brightly colored fish that lives in warm water in tropical areas

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Kids Definition of tropical fish

: a small often brightly colored fish kept in aquariums

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