jewfish

jewfish

[joo-fish]
noun, plural (especially collectively) jewfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) jewfishes.
any of several very large fishes, especially of the family Serranidae, as the giant sea bass and the groupers Epinephelus itajara and E. nigritus, found in the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

Origin:
1690–1700; apparently Jew + fish

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jewfish (ˈdʒuːˌfɪʃ)
 
n , pl -fish, -fishes
1.  any of various large dark serranid fishes, such as Mycteroperca bonaci, of warm or tropical seas
2.  (Austral) any of various marine sciaenid food and game fish, esp the mulloway
3.  (Austral) a large food fish of W Australian waters Glaucosama hebraicum
 
[C17: of uncertain origin]

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