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Dictionary Definition



1 any of numerous small flat Atlantic food fish having smooth skin
2 small marine fish with a short smooth-scaled compressed body and feeble spines [syn: stromateid fish, stromateid]
3 slippery scaleless food fish of the northern Atlantic coastal waters [syn: rock gunnel, Pholis gunnellus] [also: butterfishes (pl)]

Extensive Definition

The family Stromateidae of butterfishes contains 17 species of fish in 3 genera. Butterfishes live in coastal waters off the Americas, western Africa and in the Indo-Pacific.


butterfish in German: Medusenfische
butterfish in Persian: حلواسفیدماهیان
butterfish in French: Stromateidae
butterfish in Dutch: Grootbekken
butterfish in Polish: Ryby maślane
butterfish in Portuguese: Stromateidae
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