trunk·​fish ˈtrəŋk-ˌfish How to pronounce trunkfish (audio)
: 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 second species was Rhinesomus triqueter, the smooth trunkfish. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 9 Jan. 2015 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, 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use

circa 1804, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trunkfish was circa 1804

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“Trunkfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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