Meaning of lyretail in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlʌɪəteɪl/


  • A small African killifish which is popular in aquaria. The colour pattern and shape of the tail, especially in the brightly coloured male, are suggestive of a lyre.

    Several genera and species, family Cyprinodontidae

    ‘Wrasse, butterflies, boxfish, porcupines and pufferfish round out the picture, while lyretail grouper, Napoleon wrasse and rock cod mix with regal, map and other angelfish.’
    • ‘The lyretail is outgoing, quickly adapting to new surroundings and spending a good part of its time in full view in an aquarium.’
    • ‘The Chocolate Lyretail Panchax Killifish is a stunning color morph of the Lyretail Panchax Killifish.’
    • ‘Of all of the anthias, the lyretail is just about the most cantankerous and territorial.’