Definition of clownfish in English:


nounplural noun clownfish, plural noun clownfishes

  • A small tropical marine fish with bold vertical stripes or other bright coloration. It lives in close association with anemones and is protected from their stings by mucus.

    Also called anemone fish

    Genera Amphiprion and Premnas, family Pomacentridae: several species, including A. percula

    ‘The mystery behind the clownfish and sea anemone relationship is how the clownfish avoids being stung and killed by its host anemone.’
    • ‘So, the protection of the anemone afforded by the clownfish is part of the mutual relationship.’
    • ‘Among the damaged coral we saw free-swimming moray eels, octopuses, and several anemones with their resident clownfish.’
    • ‘When a tomato clownfish brings food back to an anemone, the anemone is rewarded with crumbs from the meal.’
    • ‘In that way the clownfish gets protection and attracts prey for the anemone, an example of symbiosis, or co-operation between different animals.’



/ˈklounfiSH/ /ˈklaʊnfɪʃ/