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[king-fish] /ˈkɪŋˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) kingfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) kingfishes.
any of several marine food fishes of the drum family, especially of the genus Menticirrhus, found off the E coast of the U.S.
Also called white croaker. a marine food fish, Genyonemus lineatus, found off the Californian coast.
a large game fish, Seriola grandis, found in Australia and New Zealand, closely related to the yellowtail.
any of various other fishes noted especially for their size.
Informal. a person regarded as a leader or authority:
a kingfish in Democratic Party circles.
Origin of kingfish
1740-50; king + fish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for kingfish
  • Other species you might catch include kingfish, mahimahi, cobia and blackfin tuna.
  • Dishes might include miso-cured kingfish or citrus-braised rabbit linguini.
  • Appetizers include dumplings, beef patties and sliced kingfish.
  • Cast an eye and lend an ear to the kingfish of feathered anglers.
  • No information on the standing stock of southern kingfish from one year to another is available.
  • kingfish are grouped in with drums, croakers, spot and weakfish.
  • All, except for the kingfish, have swim bladders they use to produce sounds.
  • Anglers have been picking up an occasional weakfish and kingfish while fishing for other species.
British Dictionary definitions for kingfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
any marine sciaenid food and game fish of the genus Menticirrhus, occurring in warm American Atlantic coastal waters
another name for opah
any of various other large food fishes, esp the Spanish mackerel
Also called (NZ) haku. a large food and game fish, Seriola lalandi lalandi, of New Zealand waters
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