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n. pl. escolar or es·co·lars
Any of several slender marine fishes of the family Gempylidae, especially Lepidocybium flavobrunneum, a dark brown oily fish of tropical and temperate waters worldwide.

[Spanish, student (from the spectaclelike rings around its eyes), from Late Latin scholāris, of a school; see scholar.]
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n, pl -lars or -lar
(Animals) any slender spiny-finned fish of the family Gempylidae, of warm and tropical seas: similar and closely related to the scombroid fishes. Also called: snake mackerel
[from Spanish: scholar; so called from the rings round its eyes, suggestive of spectacles]
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Noun1.escolar - large snake mackerel with rings like spectacles around its eyesescolar - large snake mackerel with rings like spectacles around its eyes
gempylid - snake mackerels; elongated marine fishes with oily flesh; resembles mackerels; found worldwide
genus Lepidocybium, Lepidocybium - a genus of Gempylidae
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A phylogenetic analysis of the concatenated MLST sequences from wAna (ST 165) and wAlu (ST 164) showed them to be closely aligned and within Supergroup A (Fig.
Escolar has gone through its own rebranding; its current roster of pseudonyms includes "white tuna," "butterfish," "rudderfish," and "Hawaiian walu." Some government agencies warn consumers about the fish: In 2004, Washington's health department issued a bulletin on it, and the European Union mandates that escolar and its relatives be sold only in packaged form with health warnings.
Escolar is sometimes locally called oilfish or walu, but oilfish is actually the common name for Ruvettus pretiosus which represents a relatively rare species in the catch of the longline fishery.
In the second occurrence, the noun walu has been incorporated.