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a South American freshwater , genus Pterophyllum, often kept in aquariums.
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noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
any of various small tropical marine percoid fishes of the genus Pomacanthus and related genera, which have a deep flattened brightly coloured body and brushlike teeth: family Chaetodontidae See also butterflyfish
Also called scalare. a South American cichlid, Pterophyllum scalare, of the Amazon region, having a compressed body and large dorsal and anal fins: a popular aquarium fish
another name for angel shark

also angel-fish, 1660s, from angel + fish (n.); so called for its “wings.”


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