tautog

[taw-tog, -tawg]

Origin of tautog

1635–45, Americanism; < Narragansett (E spelling) tautaũog, plural of taut
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tautog

noun
  1. a large dark-coloured wrasse, Tautoga onitis, of the North American coast of the Atlantic Ocean: used as a food fishAlso called: blackfish

Word Origin for tautog

C17: from Narraganset tautauog, plural of tautau sheepshead
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Word Origin and History for tautog
n.

edible marine fish of the Atlantic coast of North America, 1643, from Narragansett tautauog, plural of taut.

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