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red snapper

any of several snappers of the genus Lutjanus, especially L. campechanus, a large food fish of the Gulf of Mexico.
Origin of red snapper
An Americanism dating back to 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I suggested comfort in the idea of red snapper at Pensacola.

  • The red snapper not infrequently attains a weight of twelve to fifteen pounds, and the larger individuals fight well.

  • For convenience we will take a specimen about a foot in length; for example, a striped bass, a pike, or a red snapper.

  • We reached the boat an hour before dinner-time, and Gopher had red snapper and spotted bass in a variety of styles for the meal.

    Down South Oliver Optic
  • The pompano and red snapper, being the choicest, are held at high prices.

  • Milly sighed for Redfish or red snapper but made shift with halibut or any other firm fine-grained fish perfectly fresh.

    Dishes & Beverages of the Old South

    Martha McCulloch Williams
  • The dog snapper is very similar in shape to the red snapper, but is much smaller and of different coloration.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • The red snapper, being a deep-water fish, is seldom found along the shores, and is of no importance to the angler.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • The commercial fishing for the red snapper is done on the "snapper banks" in very deep water.

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

red snapper

any of various marine percoid food fishes of the genus Lutjanus, esp L. blackfordi, having a reddish coloration, common in American coastal regions of the Atlantic: family Lutjanidae (snappers)
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