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[oh-puh] /ˈoʊ pə/
a large, deep-bodied, brilliantly colored, oceanic food fish, Lampris regius.
1740-50; < an unidentified West African source Unabridged
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a large soft-finned deep-sea teleost fish, Lampris regius (or luna), of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea, having a deep, brilliantly coloured body: family Lampridae Also called moonfish, kingfish
Word Origin
C18: of West African origin
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Encyclopedia Article for opah

large marine fish of the family Lampridae (order Lampridiformes), widely distributed in warm oceans. A deep-bodied fish with a small, toothless mouth, the opah grows to a length of about 2 m (7 feet) and a weight of 140 kg (300 pounds), although larger specimens have been reported. It is distinctively coloured, blue above and rosy below, with scarlet fins and jaws and round white spots on the body. Although uncommon, it is valued as food.

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