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[taw-tog, -tawg] /tɔˈtɒg, -ˈtɔg/
a black food and game fish, Tautoga onitis, inhabiting waters along the North Atlantic coast of the U.S.
Origin of tautog
1635-45, Americanism; < Narragansett (E spelling) tautaũog, plural of taut Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tautog
  • Amended regulations announced for tautog, river herring.
  • tautog commercial quota established and commercial seasons modified.
  • tautog is one of the few species that can be found in the bay year round.
  • tautog action was still going strong, but the skids on the tog fishery went into effect this week.
  • The steam home with a few two pound lobsters and tautog in your cooler is a time to relax and reflect on a great dive trip.
  • tautog are being caught on all of the structures inside of the bay.
British Dictionary definitions for tautog


a large dark-coloured wrasse, Tautoga onitis, of the North American coast of the Atlantic Ocean: used as a food fish Also called blackfish
Word Origin
C17: from Narraganset tautauog, plural of tautau sheepshead
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Word Origin and History for tautog

edible marine fish of the Atlantic coast of North America, 1643, from Narragansett tautauog, plural of taut.

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