noun, plural (especially collectively) blue·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) blue·fish·es.

a predaceous, marine, bluish or greenish food fish, Pomatomus saltatrix, inhabiting Atlantic coastal waters of North and South America.
any of various fishes, usually of a bluish color.

Origin of bluefish

An Americanism dating back to 1615–25; blue + fish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of bluefish

Historical Examples of bluefish

  • Its flavor is by many considered fine, and is not unlike that of the bluefish.

  • Shad, bluefish, and mackerel are most frequently cooked in this way.

  • Salmon, bluefish, halibut and shad are very palatable baked in cream.

  • To-morrow, when the tide begins to come in, we are going to fish for bluefish!

    Citizen Bird

    Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues

  • I've seen something just like this, fishing for bluefish, down in Great South Bay.

    Jack, the Young Ranchman

    George Bird Grinnell

British Dictionary definitions for bluefish


noun plural -fish or -fishes

Also called: snapper a predatory bluish marine percoid food and game fish, Pomatomus saltatrix, related to the horse mackerel: family Pomatomidae
any of various other bluish fishes
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