Meaning of silverfish

sil•ver•fish

Pronunciation: (sil'vur-fish"), [key]
— pl. -fish, -fish•es.
  1. a white or silvery goldfish, Carassius auratus.
  2. any of various other silvery fishes, as the tarpon, silversides, or shiner.
  3. a wingless, silvery-gray thysanuran insect, Lepisma saccharina, that feeds on starch, damaging books, wallpaper, etc.
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