[taw-tog, -tawg]
a black food and game fish, Tautoga onitis, inhabiting waters along the North Atlantic coast of the U.S.

1635–45, Americanism; < Narragansett (E spelling) tautaũog, plural of taut

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tautog (tɔːˈtɒɡ)
Also called: blackfish a large dark-coloured wrasse, Tautoga onitis, of the North American coast of the Atlantic Ocean: used as a food fish
[C17: from Narraganset tautauog, plural of tautau sheepshead]

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edible marine fish of the Atlantic coast of N.America, 1643, from Narragansett tautauog, pl. of taut.
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Example sentences
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.
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