/ ˈperətˌfish; ˈpar-/
(pl. same or -fishes)
any of a number of brightly colored marine fish with a parrotlike beak, which they use to scrape food from coral and other hard surfaces, in particular:
a widespread fish (Scarus and other genera, family Scaridae) of warm seas that may secrete a mucous cocoon to deter predators.
an edible fish of the southern Indian ocean (Oplegnathus conwayi, family Oplegnathidae).
a brightly colored marine fish, esp. one of the wrasse family.
•raffish • damselfish
, selfish, shellfish
•stiffish • kingfish • jellyfish
•killifish • filefish • pipefish
•codfish • dogfish • rockfish • crawfish
, roughish, toughish
•mudfish • monkfish • cuttlefish
•lungfish • lumpfish • spearfish
•angelfish • parrotfish • silverfish
, piggish, priggish, whiggish
, sluggish, thuggish
parrot-fish. XVII. — L. — Gr. skáros