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[taw-tog, -tawg]
  1. a black food and game fish, Tautoga onitis, inhabiting waters along the North Atlantic coast of the U.S.
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Origin of tautog

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

  • Tautog, sir; and if you will permit me, I will leave them in the kitchen with the perch.

    Little By Little

    William Taylor Adams

  • That he is; but the fish came to about that; the tautog are worth a quarter apiece.

    Little By Little

    William Taylor Adams

  • The tautog and perhaps some other fishes feed partly upon them.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • Blackfish (tautog) and scup, or scuppaug, are much esteemed.

  • The flesh of a tautog is very firm, and he will live a long time out of water.

British Dictionary definitions for tautog


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

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


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

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