noun, plural (especially collectively) red·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) red·fish·es.

Also called ocean perch, rosefish. a North Atlantic rockfish, Sebastes marinus, used for food.

Origin of redfish

1400–50; late Middle English rede fische; see red1, fish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -fish or -fishes

a male salmon that has recently spawnedCompare blackfish (def. 2)
any of several red European scorpaenid fishes of the genus Sebastes, esp S. marinus, valued as a food fish
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Word Origin and History for redfish

15c., of various species, especially originally the male salmon in spawning season; from red (adj.1) + fish (n.).

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