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 To take one example, tropical fish are increasingly migrating to the cooler waters of the Arctic and Southern oceans. Alan B. Sielen, Foreign Affairs, 15 Oct. 2013 Southern California is a hotspot for the legal import of tropical fish and corals, which can be hard to properly identify. Rachel Carlson, NPR, 8 June 2024 The Fremont Street Experience has free live music, Silverton Casino features a complimentary aquarium with thousands of tropical fish, and Circus Circus offers exhilarating acts. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 8 May 2024 This all-inclusive day resort houses multiple pools and lagoons, several restaurants, a chance to swim with dolphins, and a dedicated snorkeling area with tropical fish and rays. Jp Shaffer, Miami Herald, 26 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for tropical fish 

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Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tropical fish was in 1931

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“Tropical fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

tropical fish

: any of various small usually brightly colored fishes that occur wild especially in the tropics and are often kept in tropical aquariums

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