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red snapper

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noun
  1. 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
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  • They had stopped in Miami and Rick had noticed that red-snapper prices were about the same as those for steak.

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British Dictionary definitions for red snapper

red snapper

noun
  1. 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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