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[king-fish] /ˈkɪŋˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) kingfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) kingfishes.
any of several marine food fishes of the drum family, especially of the genus Menticirrhus, found off the E coast of the U.S.
Also called white croaker. a marine food fish, Genyonemus lineatus, found off the Californian coast.
a large game fish, Seriola grandis, found in Australia and New Zealand, closely related to the yellowtail.
any of various other fishes noted especially for their size.
Informal. a person regarded as a leader or authority:
a kingfish in Democratic Party circles.
Origin of kingfish
First recorded in 1740-50; king + fish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Mostly they are caught by accident while drags are set for kingfish or barracuda.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • For its size, the kingfish is considered the gamest of all salt-water fishes.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • kingfish are savage strikers and they almost invariably hook themselves when the drag is set.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • But as I fish for sailfish with a free-running reel, of course I am exasperated when a kingfish takes hold.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Put two kingfish on a buttered platter or pan, season with salt and pepper, add a glass of white wine, put in oven and bake.

  • Canoes on the old Carib pattern were slipping along outside, trailing lines for kingfish and bonitos.

    The English in the West Indies James Anthony Froude
  • The kingfish is also known as barb and sea mink in the North, and in the South as whiting.

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


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
any marine sciaenid food and game fish of the genus Menticirrhus, occurring in warm American Atlantic coastal waters
another name for opah
any of various other large food fishes, esp the Spanish mackerel
Also called (NZ) haku. a large food and game fish, Seriola lalandi lalandi, of New Zealand waters
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