moonfish

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search

English[edit]

a moonfish ("ocean sunfish", Mola mola)

Etymology[edit]

moon +‎ fish, parallel to the cognate, synonymous Dutch maanvis.

Noun[edit]

moonfish (plural moonfish or moonfishes)

  1. Any of various flat, oval marine fish species.
    Most moonfish are silvery (hence their name), others yellowish.
    1. Family Monodactylidae (fingerfishes, silver angelfishes)
    2. Mene maculata, of tropical coastal waters of the Indo-Pacific
    3. Most species of genus Selene
    4. Atlantic spadefish (Chaetodipterus faber)
    5. Family Molidae (ocean sunfish)
    6. The opahs in the family Lamprididae.
    7. The cusk (Brosme brosme), a North Atlantic cod-like fish in the ling family Lotidae, the only species in its genus.
    8. The southern platyfish (Xiphophorus maculatus)

Synonyms[edit]

Translations[edit]

Further reading[edit]