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grouper1

[groo-per] /ˈgru pər/
noun, plural (especially collectively) grouperer (especially referring to two or more kinds or species), groupers.
1.
any of various sea basses of the family Serranidae, especially of the genera Epinephelus and Mycteroperca, of tropical and subtropical seas.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; < Portuguese garupa, of uncertain origin

grouper2

[groo-per] /ˈgru pər/
noun
1.
a member of a group, as of tourists.
2.
Slang. a member of a group of usually young and single persons who rent and share a house or apartment, as at a summer resort.
Origin
1930-35; group + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for grouper

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

grouper

/ˈɡruːpə/
noun
1.
a variant of groper
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Word Origin and History for grouper
n.

type of fish, 1690s, from Portuguese garupa, of unknown origin, probably of South American Indian origin, perhaps from a word in Tupi.

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