- any of a percoid family (Pomacanthidae) of bright-colored, tropical reef fishes with long, trailing spiny fins
nounpl. angelfish or an·gel·fish·es
- Any of various brightly colored fishes of the family Pomacanthidae of warm seas, having a laterally compressed body and often long extensions on the dorsal and anal fins.
- a. A cichlid (Pterophyllum scalare) native to rivers of tropical South America and having a laterally compressed, usually striped body with long dorsal and anal fins. It is popular in home aquariums. Also called scalare.b. Any of several other fishes of the genus Pterophyllum.
(plural angelfish or angelfishes)
- A freshwater fish, tropical cichlids of the genus Pterophyllum.
- A marine fish of the family Pomacanthidae, common on shallow tropical reefs.