cobia

[ koh-bee-uh ]
/ ˈkoʊ bi ə /

noun

a large, fusiform fish, Rachycentron canadum, found off the eastern coast of temperate and tropical America, in the East Indies, and in Japan.

Origin of cobia

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for cobia

  • The cobia, or sergeant-fish, is the only fish of its family, Rachycentrid.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others|James Alexander Henshall
  • Owing to this dark stripe the cobia is sometimes called sergeant-fish, thus confounding it with the snook.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others|James Alexander Henshall
  • A strong, rather heavy rod is necessary for the cobia, which the Key West fishermen call cobi-.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others|James Alexander Henshall

British Dictionary definitions for cobia

cobia
/ (ˈkəʊbɪə) /

noun

a large dark-striped percoid game fish, Rachycentron canadum, of tropical and subtropical seas: family Rachycentridae

Word Origin for cobia

of unknown origin
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