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A marine food fish (Zeus faber) of the eastern Atlantic, Indian, and western Pacific Oceans, having a laterally compressed body, a black mark on each side, and long spines on the dorsal fin.
[The name John (after the name of the protagonist of the English ballad "John Dory," a French privateer defeated by a Cornish sea captain) + dory.]
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1. (Animals) a European dory (the fish), Zeus faber, having a deep compressed body, spiny dorsal fins, and massive mobile jaws
2. (Animals) Austral a related fish, Zeus australis, which is a valued food fish of Australia
[C18: from proper name John + dory1; on the model of Doe]
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John′ Do′ry(ˈdɔr i, ˈdoʊr i)
n., pl. John Dories.
any flat, deep-bodied, deep-sea fish of the family Zeidae, esp. Zeus faber, of the E Atlantic.
[1600–10; see dory2; jocular formation]
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