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groper1

[groh-per] /ˈgroʊ pər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that gropes.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; grope + -er1

groper2

[groh-per] /ˈgroʊ pər/
noun
1.
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

/ˈɡrəʊpə/
noun (pl) -er, -ers
1.
any large marine serranid fish of the genus Epinephelus and related genera, of warm and tropical seas Also called garoupa
Word Origin
C17: from Portuguese garupa, probably from a South American Indian word
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