noun, plural (especially collectively) rock·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) rock·fish·es.
  1. any of various fishes found about rocks.
  2. striped bass.
  3. any of the North Pacific and Atlantic marine fishes of the genus Sebastes.
  4. scorpionfish.

Origin of rockfish

First recorded in 1590–1600; rock1 + fish
Also called rock cod (for defs 1–3). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. any of various fishes that live among rocks, esp scorpaenid fishes of the genus Sebastodes and related genera, such as S. caurinus (copper rockfish) of North American Pacific coastal waters
  2. British any of several coarse fishes when used as food, esp the dogfish or wolffishFormerly called: rock salmon
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