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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 of grouper1
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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  • The wreck of the Maiden Hand was just as they had left it, and the grouper was back in his comfortable cabin.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • A grouper saw them coming and ducked into his hole in the coral.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • This grouper is one of the most bizarre and gayly colored in the family Serranid.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • Three other boats came out across the reef, ventured a little way in the Gulf Stream, and then went back to grouper and barracuda.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • They swam slowly around, looking for the grouper's hiding place and failed to locate it.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • He let his momentum carry him right through the grouper's front door into the cabin.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • I hardly think a grouper would attack anything as large as a dog out in the open sea.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • We got out our fishing-lines, and caught some deep sea-fish, of the grouper species.

British Dictionary definitions for grouper

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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