- any fish of the family Zeidae, especially Zeus faber, of European seas, having a vertically compressed body and long spines in the dorsal fin.
Origin of John Dory
1600–10; see dory2; jocular formation
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- a European dory (the fish), Zeus faber, having a deep compressed body, spiny dorsal fins, and massive mobile jaws
- Australian a related fish, Zeus australis, which is a valued food fish of Australia
C18: from proper name John + dory 1; on the model of Doe
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