Definition of butterfish in English:


nounplural noun butterfish, plural noun butterfishes

  • Any of a number of fishes with oily flesh or slippery skin.

    a deep-bodied edible fish of temperate and tropical seas (family Stromateidae), in particular Peprilus triacanthus of eastern North America
    another term for
    an Australasian reef fish (family Odacidae), in particular the edible Odax pullus of New Zealand, which has green bones and feeds on kelp
    a tropical freshwater or marine fish that is popular in aquariums (several families, including Scatophagidae)

    ‘Ballan wrasse, dragonets, scorpionfish, butterfish and topknots (common and Norwegian) all occur frequently.’
    • ‘It was not until the autofocus hit the mark that I noted the jaws of the scorpionfish trapping the poor butterfish.’
    • ‘The most common here are butterfish, which swim off, snake-like, if disturbed.’
    • ‘Here butterfish can be seen feeding on mussels, and cowries are also in evidence.’
    • ‘In the rock pools I used a net and caught butterfish.’



/ˈbədərˌfiSH/ /ˈbədərˌfɪʃ/