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noun, plural (especially collectively) big·eye, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) big·eyes.
  1. any of several silver and red fishes of the family Priacanthidae, found in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and in the West Indies, having a short, flattened body and large eyes.
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Origin of bigeye

First recorded in 1885–90; big1 + eye
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Examples from the Web for bigeye

Historical Examples

  • Widespread occurrence of the bigeye shiner in this area seems surprising.

    Fishes of Chautauqua, Cowley and Elk Counties, Kansas

    Artie L. Metcalf

  • There are numerous records of the bigeye shiner from extreme eastern Oklahoma.

British Dictionary definitions for bigeye


noun plural -eye or -eyes
  1. any tropical or subtropical red marine percoid fish of the family Priacanthidae, having very large eyes and rough scales
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