- a black food and game fish, Tautoga onitis, inhabiting waters along the North Atlantic coast of the U.S.
Origin of tautog
1635–45, Americanism; < Narragansett (E spelling) tautaũog, plural of taut
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Examples from the Web for tautog
Tautog, sir; and if you will permit me, I will leave them in the kitchen with the perch.
That he is; but the fish came to about that; the tautog are worth a quarter apiece.
The tautog and perhaps some other fishes feed partly upon them.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
Blackfish (tautog) and scup, or scuppaug, are much esteemed.
The flesh of a tautog is very firm, and he will live a long time out of water.
- a large dark-coloured wrasse, Tautoga onitis, of the North American coast of the Atlantic Ocean: used as a food fishAlso called: blackfish
C17: from Narraganset tautauog, plural of tautau sheepshead
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Word Origin and History for tautog
edible marine fish of the Atlantic coast of North America, 1643, from Narragansett tautauog, plural of taut.
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