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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Recent Examples on the Web Discovery Cove admission includes snorkeling with tropical fish and rays, exposure to exotic birds including flamingos, a coral reef habitat and Wind-Away River, plus meals and snacks. Dewayne Bevil,, "Discovery Cove: Black Friday deals now underway for visits through 2021," 13 Nov. 2020 The two-story aquarium, home to more than 4,000 sea animals, including sharks, rays, and tropical fish, was last open during the latter part of June, following a three-month closure due to the widening coronavirus pandemic. Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Legoland reopening its aquarium — again," 1 Sep. 2020 The area was mostly devoid of large schools of tropical fish and other marine life that usually cruise the vibrant reef, and fish that typically eat algae were not grazing on the new seaweed, researchers said. Author: Caleb Jones, Anchorage Daily News, "Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world’s most remote reefs in the Hawaiian Islands," 8 July 2020 Paddleboard or kayak through mangrove mazes as eagle rays and tropical fish swim by, laze the day away on a beachfront hammock, or simply enjoy the day while floating in a natural emerald lagoon or resting on a sleek poolside lounger. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 14 Best Private Island Resorts," 2 July 2020 Hanauma Bay, formed by a volcanic crater, is a favorite snorkeling spot teeming with colorful tropical fish and fascinating marine life. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "Best Places to Travel in August," 2 July 2020 Even if the day is grey and the temperature cool, a stack of these towels with sunny yellow, sky blue, and coral accents in your linen closet will evoke salt air, sailboats, and tropical fish. Popular Science, "Best beach towels for the whole family," 23 June 2020 Mountain mullet, bigmouth sleeper, and lots of other tropical fish need intact seashore, coastal lagoon, and upland rivers, all of which are under stress in Puerto Rico. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "A Puerto Rican Fishing Road Trip for Silver Kings, Bigmouths, Mullet, and More," 27 May 2020 On a recent Monday, the room was deserted, save for a bubbling tropical fish tank and a few empty chairs. Jenny Gold,, "Bay Area pediatric practices struggle to adapt and survive during coronavirus pandemic," 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of tropical fish

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tropical fish was in 1931

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“Tropical fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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