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

1665–75; < French surmulet, Middle French sormulet, equivalent to sor reddish brown (see sorrel1) + mulet mullet1
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Historical Examples of surmullet

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

    A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)

    David Starr Jordan

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

British Dictionary definitions for surmullet


  1. a US name for the red mullet
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Word Origin for surmullet

C17: from French sormulet, from sor brown + mullet
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