Definition of rabbitfish in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrabitˌfiSH/ /ˈræbɪtˌfɪʃ/

nounrabbitfish, rabbitfishes

  • A blunt-nosed chimaera with rodent-like front teeth and a long thin tail, found in the northeastern Atlantic and around South Africa.

    Chimaera monstrosa, family Chimaeridae

    ‘As discussed in physical description above, rabbitfishes lose their color at nightfall and may also change color if threatened.’
    Also called ratfish, rat-tail
    • ‘Throughout the ferry, nudibranchs, groupers, puffers, and wrasses had taken up residence along with juvenile barracuda, fusiliers and rabbitfish.’
    • ‘Large schools of rabbitfish and Sergeant Majors seeking a handout provide guaranteed excitement for snorkellers.’
    • ‘But I also remember being amazed by the lush underwater scene and taking home happy memories of rabbitfish snacking on our bubbles as they escorted us around the house reef.’