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groper1

[groh-per]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that gropes.
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Origin of groper1

First recorded in 1560–70; grope + -er1

groper2

[groh-per]
noun
  1. a large, purplish food fish, Achoerodus gouldii, inhabiting waters off Australia and New Zealand, characterized by an enormous gape.
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Origin of groper2

apparently alteration of grouper1, perhaps by association with grope
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Examples from the Web for groper

Historical Examples

  • And yet Groper, in his own way, wished to hold fast this state of things.

    The Life of Philip Melanchthon

    Karl Friedrich Ledderhose

  • There were, he said, some five or six kinds, but they were all of the groper family.

  • He therefore placed more confidence in Bucer than in Groper.

    The Life of Philip Melanchthon

    Karl Friedrich Ledderhose

  • The author of the book was not known with certainty; some looked upon Wizel as the author, others, Groper.

    The Life of Philip Melanchthon

    Karl Friedrich Ledderhose

  • It is true that he was counselled by Groper, with whom we became acquainted at the Diet of Ratisbon.

    The Life of Philip Melanchthon

    Karl Friedrich Ledderhose


British Dictionary definitions for groper

groper

grouper

noun plural -er or -ers
  1. any large marine serranid fish of the genus Epinephelus and related genera, of warm and tropical seasAlso called: garoupa
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Word Origin

C17: from Portuguese garupa, probably from a South American Indian word
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