grouper

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[groo-per]
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noun, plural (especially collectively) group·er·er, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species), group·ers.
  1. any of various sea basses of the family Serranidae, especially of the genera Epinephelus and Mycteroperca, of tropical and subtropical seas.

Origin of grouper

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First recorded in 1680–90, grouper is from the Portuguese word garupa, of uncertain origin

grouper

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[groo-per]
noun
  1. a member of a group, as of tourists.
  2. Slang. a member of a group of usually young and single persons who rent and share a house or apartment, as at a summer resort.

Origin of grouper

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First recorded in 1930–35; group + -er1
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Examples from the Web for grouper

Contemporary Examples of grouper

  • When the grouper is tender and the sauce is slightly thickened and flavorful, 20 to 25 minutes, and turn off the heat.

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    Salt Cod, Scampi, Filet of Grouper

    The Daily Beast

    December 23, 2008

  • My top fish recommendation for this recipe is grouper; it has flesh that cooks and keeps together in the sauce.

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    Salt Cod, Scampi, Filet of Grouper

    The Daily Beast

    December 23, 2008

Historical Examples of grouper

  • A grouper saw them coming and ducked into his hole in the coral.

    The Wailing Octopus

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • Even in their predicament, Rick could see the humor in the grouper's reaction.

    The Wailing Octopus

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • Three other boats came out across the reef, ventured a little way in the Gulf Stream, and then went back to grouper and barracuda.

  • They swam slowly around, looking for the grouper's hiding place and failed to locate it.

    The Wailing Octopus

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • He let his momentum carry him right through the grouper's front door into the cabin.

    The Wailing Octopus

    Harold Leland Goodwin


British Dictionary definitions for grouper

grouper

noun
  1. a variant of groper
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Word Origin and History for grouper
n.

type of fish, 1690s, from Portuguese garupa, of unknown origin, probably of South American Indian origin, perhaps from a word in Tupi.

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