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John Dory

[ dawr-ee, dohr-ee ]
/ ˈdɔr i, ˈdoʊr i /
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noun, plural John Dories.
any fish of the family Zeidae, especially Zeus faber, of European seas, having a vertically compressed body and long spines in the dorsal fin.
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Origin of John Dory

1600–10; see dory2; jocular formation
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British Dictionary definitions for John Dory

John Dory
/ (ˈdɔːrɪ) /

noun
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

Word Origin for John Dory

C18: from proper name John + dory 1; on the model of Doe
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