groper

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grope

 (grōp)
v. groped, grop·ing, gropes
v.intr.
1. To reach about uncertainly; feel one's way: groped for the telephone.
2. To search blindly or uncertainly: grope for an answer.
v.tr.
1. To make (one's way) by reaching about uncertainly.
2. Slang To handle or fondle for sexual pleasure.
n.
The act or an instance of groping.

[Middle English gropen, from Old English grāpian.]

grop′er n.
grop′ing·ly adv.
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groper

(ˈɡrəʊpə) or

grouper

n, pl -er or -ers
(Animals) any large marine serranid fish of the genus Epinephelus and related genera, of warm and tropical seas. Also called: garoupa
[C17: from Portuguese garupa, probably from a South American Indian word]
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Blue gropers (an ocean fish) change from female to male.
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