sailor's-choice

[sey-lerz-chois]

noun, plural sail·or's-choice.

any of several fishes living in waters along the Atlantic coast of the U.S., especially a pinfish, Lagodon rhomboides, ranging from Massachusetts to Texas, and a grunt, Haemulon parrai, ranging from Florida to Brazil.

Nearby words

  1. sailmaker's palm,
  2. sailor,
  3. sailor hat,
  4. sailor suit,
  5. sailor's breastplate,
  6. sailoring,
  7. sailorly,
  8. sailplane,
  9. sailyard,
  10. saimaa

Origin of sailor's-choice

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

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British Dictionary definitions for sailor's-choice

sailor's-choice

noun

any of various small percoid fishes of American coastal regions of the Atlantic, esp the grunt Haemulon parra and the pinfish
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