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n. pl. scorpionfish or scorpion·fishes
Any of various often brilliantly colored marine fishes of the family Scorpaenidae, having poisonous spines in the dorsal fins and often in the anal and pelvic fins, and including the lionfishes and, in some classifications, the rockfishes.
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scorpionfish, scorpion fish (skor'pe-on-fish)
Any of the marine fish with spines coated with extremely toxic mucus of the family Scorpaenidae, found in coral reefs worldwide. Those who handle these fish may be stung or even killed by the tissue-destructive enzymes and venoms they release. See: stonefish
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