doctor-fish definition

  • noun:
    • A fish of the genus Acanthurus: so-called through the sharp and glassy, lancet-like, movable spines with which it is equipped on each region of the end, so that it cannot be handled incautiously with impunity. All of the types are part of the tropics. Also referred to as doctor, physician, surgeon-fish, barber-fish.
    • doctor seafood regarding the western Indies
    • A fish for the genus Acanthurus: so named from razor-sharp and glassy, lancet-like, movable spines with which its equipped for each region of the end, so that it can't be taken care of incautiously with impunity. All of the species fit in with the tropics. Also known as doctor, physician, surgeon-fish, barber-fish.
    • surgeon fish of this western Indies
    • A fish associated with the genus Acanthurus: so called from the sharp and glassy, lancet-like, movable spines with which it is armed on each side of the tail, so that it can not be taken care of incautiously with impunity. All the species are part of the tropics. Also called physician, physician, surgeon-fish, barber-fish.
    • A fish of this genus Acanthurus: so named from sharp and glassy, lancet-like, movable spines with which its armed on each region of the tail, such that it can't be handled incautiously with impunity. All the species are part of the tropics. Also referred to as medical practitioner, surgeon, surgeon-fish, barber-fish.
    • doctor seafood of this West Indies
    • surgeon fish regarding the western Indies
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