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[groo-per] /ˈgru pər/
noun, plural (especially collectively) grouperer (especially referring to two or more kinds or species), groupers.
any of various sea basses of the family Serranidae, especially of the genera Epinephelus and Mycteroperca, of tropical and subtropical seas.
Origin of grouper1
First recorded in 1680-90, grouper is from the Portuguese word garupa, of uncertain origin


[groo-per] /ˈgru pər/
a member of a group, as of tourists.
Slang. a member of a group of usually young and single persons who rent and share a house or apartment, as at a summer resort.
First recorded in 1930-35; group + -er1 Unabridged
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  • A grouper saw them coming and ducked into his hole in the coral.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Even in their predicament, Rick could see the humor in the grouper's reaction.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Three other boats came out across the reef, ventured a little way in the Gulf Stream, and then went back to grouper and barracuda.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • They swam slowly around, looking for the grouper's hiding place and failed to locate it.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • He let his momentum carry him right through the grouper's front door into the cabin.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Rick followed, half expecting to see Scotty and the grouper meet head on, but the fish hadn't returned.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The grouper shot out of the cabin with a flick of his powerful tail that raised the silt around them.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The wreck of the Maiden Hand was just as they had left it, and the grouper was back in his comfortable cabin.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for grouper


a variant of groper
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for grouper

type of fish, 1690s, from Portuguese garupa, of unknown origin, probably of South American Indian origin, perhaps from a word in Tupi.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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