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surmullet

[ ser-muhl-it ]

noun

  1. a goatfish, especially one of the European species used for food.


surmullet

/ sɜːˈmʌlɪt /

noun

  1. a US name for the red mullet


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Word History and Origins

Origin of surmullet1

1665–75; < French surmulet, Middle French sormulet, equivalent to sor reddish brown ( sorrel 1 ) + mulet mullet 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of surmullet1

C17: from French sormulet, from sor brown + mullet
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Example Sentences

Surmullet, sur-mul′et, n. a mulloid food-fish of the genus Mullus, with two long barbels on the throat.

In the goatfish and surmullet the two chin barbels are highly specialized.

The red surmullet of Europe (Mullus barbatus) has been long famed for its delicate flesh, and may perhaps be placed next.

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