tropical fish


Definition of tropical fish

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

Examples of tropical fish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That tattoo, Shearon said, is blue with a black outline and is possibly an image of a tropical fish. Carol Robinson |, al, 12 May 2022 Not to mention a period when the log cabin sold tropical fish. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Feb. 2022 Featuring gilded balloons and elegant timepieces placed among familiar undersea imagery such as tropical fish and great white sharks, the focal point of the design was a towering hourglass. The Masked Observer, al, 25 Feb. 2022 With a stop on the Kona coast, guests can explore the rugged shore, snorkel among tropical fish, or visit a national park. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 15 Dec. 2021 There’s also a large, 7,000-gallon saltwater pond that houses tropical fish. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 7 Jan. 2022 Okinawa is also Japan's number one scuba diving region, thanks to the sea turtles, manta rays, whale sharks, and tropical fish gliding through its deeper waters. David Mcelhenney, CNN, 27 Dec. 2021 Sail overnight to Cabo Pulmo National Park, a reserve of living coral, colorful tropical fish, and birds, where visitors dive or snorkel among the marine life. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 30 Oct. 2021 There’s also an abundance of wildlife to see in the Abaco Islands, including the tropical fish, swimming pigs, wild horses, sea turtles and the famous Abaco Parrots. Carrie Coolidge, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of tropical fish

1931, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2022

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“Tropical fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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: a small often brightly colored fish kept in aquariums

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