branzino

[ bron-zee-noh ]
/ brɒnˈzi noʊ /

noun, plural bran·zi·nos.

a silvery sea bass, Dicentrarchus labrax, found in the eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Black Sea.

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Also called Eu·ro·pe·an sea bass .

Origin of branzino

First recorded in 1915–20; from Venetian Italian: literally, “sea bass,” from Venetian Italian brancin “claw”, from branza “spine, claw” (from the appearance of the operculum) + -ino -ine1. Further etymology is uncertain: branza may come from Classical Latin branchia branchia, or from Vulgar Latin brancia (unattested) and may perhaps be related to Late Latin branca “paw”; see branch
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