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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fahyl-fish]
    • /ˈfaɪlˌfɪʃ/
    • /fˈaɪlfɪʃ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fahyl-fish]
    • /ˈfaɪlˌfɪʃ/

Definitions of filefish word

  • noun plural filefish any of several flattened marine fishes of the family Monacanthidae, having an elongated head with a small mouth and small, spiny scales. 1
  • noun plural filefish a triggerfish. 1
  • noun filefish A fish with a dorsal spine and rough scales, related to the triggerfishes and occurring in tropical and sometimes temperate seas. 1
  • noun filefish any tropical triggerfish, such as Alutera scripta, having a narrow compressed body and a very long dorsal spine 0
  • noun filefish any of various fishes (family Balistidae) of the same order (Tetraodontiformes) as the puffer fish, with a compressed body and very small, rough scales 0
  • noun filefish Any fish of the family Monacanthidae, with very slender bodies. 0

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Origin of filefish

First appearance:

before 1765
One of the 46% newest English words
First recorded in 1765-75; file2 + fish

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filefish popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Top questions with filefish

  • what do filefish eat?

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