trunk·​fish | \ ˈtrəŋk-ˌfish How to pronounce trunkfish (audio) \

Definition of trunkfish

: any of numerous small often bright colored bony fishes (family Ostraciidae) of tropical seas with the body and head enclosed in a bony carapace

Examples of trunkfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The app also includes a nearly 500 million-year-old sea creature called an Aegirocassis, a trunkfish, a shark, and several more—most of which are also viewable as 3D models on one of Google's websites. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Google AR app lets you place prehistoric creatures, Apollo 11 in your room," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of trunkfish

circa 1804, in the meaning defined above

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“Trunkfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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