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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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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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