jewfish

[joo-fish]
noun, plural (especially collectively) jew·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) jew·fish·es.
  1. any of several very large fishes, especially of the family Serranidae, as the giant sea bass and the groupers Epinephelus itajara and E. nigritus, found in the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

Origin of jewfish

1690–1700; apparently Jew + fish
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jewfish

noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. any of various large dark serranid fishes, such as Mycteroperca bonaci, of warm or tropical seas
  2. Australian any of various marine sciaenid food and game fish, esp the mulloway
  3. Australian a large food fish of W Australian waters Glaucosama hebraicum

Word Origin for jewfish

C17: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for jewfish
n.

1670s, from Jew (n.) + fish (n.).

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