/ˈeɪndʒəlfɪʃ/ (say 'aynjuhlfish)

noun (plural angelfish or angelfishes)
1. any of various small, brilliantly coloured marine fishes of the family Pomacanthidae found in tropical waters.
2. any shark of the genus Squatina of Atlantic and Pacific waters, with a depressed flat body and large, winglike pectoral fins.
3. Also, scalare. any of the South American freshwater cichlids of the genus Pterophyllum, commonly kept in aquariums.
4. a butterfly fish, Holacanthus nicobariensis, of the Indian Ocean, having blue and black stripes.
5. US any of several brightly coloured marine fishes of the coasts of North America as Chaetodipterus faber and Angelichthys ciliaris.
Usage: For variation in the plural inflection, see note at fish1.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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