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n. pl. jewfish or jew·fish·es

[Probably Jew + fish (so called for unknown reasons).]
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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]
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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]
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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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Inside, I fished Bird Key and south Sarasota Bay, working north to New Pass and then Long Bar, Tidy Island, Sister Keys, Jewfish Key and Longboat Pass.
Mickey and Ned Davis have the area's coolest commute: a three-minute boat ride from the Mar Vista Restaurant dock on north Longboat Key to their brand-new weekend getaway on tiny Jewfish Key.
Age, growth, and reproduction of jewfish Epinephelus itajara in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Benthic varieties include the marine jewfish, croakers, grunters, snappers, groupers, ribbonfish and pomfrets.
/ 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.
Bradley (1786-92 [1969]:132) listed 'Jewfish, Snapper, Mullet, Mackrel [sic], Whiting, Dory, Rock Cod, leather jackets [sic] and various others'.
This grouper (formerly called jewfish), which ranges throughout the west coast of Africa to the west coast of Central America (including the Caribbean), and from Brazil to the United States, is currently recognized by IUCN as critically endangered (Chan Tak-Chuen & Padovani Ferreira 2006).
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.