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sailor's-choice

[ sey-lerz-chois ]
/ ˈseɪ lərzˈtʃɔɪs /

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.

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Nearby words

sailmaker's palm, sailor, sailor hat, sailor suit, sailor's breastplate, sailor's-choice, sailoring, sailorly, sailplane, sailyard, 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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