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n. pl. jewfish or jew·fish·es

[Probably Jew + fish (so called for unknown reasons).]


n, pl -fish or -fishes
1. (Animals) any of various large dark serranid fishes, such as Mycteroperca bonaci, of warm or tropical seas
2. (Animals) Austral any of various marine sciaenid food and game fish, esp the mulloway
3. (Animals) Austral a large food fish of W Australian waters Glaucosama hebraicum
[C17: of uncertain origin]



n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
any of several large groupers, esp. Epinephelus itajara, of warm Atlantic seas.
[1690–1700; appar. Jew + fish]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jewfish - large important food fish of Australiajewfish - large important food fish of Australia; almost indistinguishable from the maigre
sciaenid, sciaenid fish - widely distributed family of carnivorous percoid fishes having a large air bladder used to produce sound
genus Sciaena, Sciaena - type genus of the Sciaenidae: croakers
2.jewfish - large dark grouper with a thick head and rough scalesjewfish - large dark grouper with a thick head and rough scales
grouper - usually solitary bottom sea basses of warm seas
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In deeper or very murky creeks where the snook aren't visible from the surface, like Broad and Jewfish creeks in the Upper Keys, you'll need to fish areas where the current moves water past likely snook hangouts like ledges, mangrove-backed sand spots and areas of manmade structure.
He hadn't fought at all" Although jewfish, now known as goliath grouper, can weigh 600 pounds or more and thus constitute a formidable challenge on most tackle, they typically put up little resistance compared to marlin, tuna, wahoo, dolphin, amberjack, sharks of various species, and tarpon--other species found in Keys waters.
The participants raised slogans against the anti-Islamic and jewfish lobby which patronage such nefarious activities.
Synopsis of biological data on the Nassau grouper, Epinephelus striatus (Bloch, 1792), and the jewfish, E.
Synopsis of biological data on the Nassau grouper, Epinephelus striattus (Bloch, 1792) and the jewfish, E.
We stayed at the old Key Wester out by the airport and toured the Key West Aquarium full of big jewfish (now called goliath groupers), moray eels, barracuda, sergeant majors, queen angels.
It felt like being in the chamber of a big green heart as the engine slowly pumped away and I breathed in the salty fumes of diesel oil and the pungent odour of jewfish.
Dry Tortugas provides a breeding ground for sea turtles, and more than 100 varieties of fish have been spotted there, including tarpon, nurse sharks, the huge jewfish, and the tiny seahorse.