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John Dory

[dawr-ee, dohr-ee] /ˈdɔr i, ˈdoʊr i/
noun, plural John Dories.
any fish of the family Zeidae, especially Zeus faber, of European seas, having a vertically compressed body and long spines in the dorsal fin.
Origin of John Dory
1600-10; see dory2; jocular formation Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for john-dory

John Dory

a European dory (the fish), Zeus faber, having a deep compressed body, spiny dorsal fins, and massive mobile jaws
(Austral) a related fish, Zeus australis, which is a valued food fish of Australia
Word Origin
C18: from proper name John + dory1; on the model of Doe
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