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[koh-bee-uh] /ˈkoʊ bi ə/
a large, fusiform fish, Rachycentron canadum, found off the eastern coast of temperate and tropical America, in the East Indies, and in Japan.
Origin of cobia
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75; of obscure origin Unabridged
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  • The cobia, or sergeant-fish, is the only fish of its family, Rachycentrid.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • A strong, rather heavy rod is necessary for the cobia, which the Key West fishermen call cobi-.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • Owing to this dark stripe the cobia is sometimes called sergeant-fish, thus confounding it with the snook.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
British Dictionary definitions for cobia


a large dark-striped percoid game fish, Rachycentron canadum, of tropical and subtropical seas: family Rachycentridae
Word Origin
of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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