groper

groper

1 [groh-per]
noun
a person or thing that gropes.

Origin:
1560–70; grope + -er1

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groper

2 [groh-per]
noun
a large, purplish food fish, Achoerodus gouldii, inhabiting waters off Australia and New Zealand, characterized by an enormous gape.

Origin:
apparently alteration of grouper1, perhaps by association with grope

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groper or grouper (ˈɡrəʊpə)
 
n , pl -er, -ers
Also called: garoupa any large marine serranid fish of the genus Epinephelus and related genera, of warm and tropical seas
 
[C17: from Portuguese garupa, probably from a South American Indian word]
 
grouper or grouper
 
n
 
[C17: from Portuguese garupa, probably from a South American Indian word]

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