wreckfish

[ rek-fish ]
/ ˈrɛkˌfɪʃ /

noun, plural wreck·fish·es, (especially collectively) wreck·fish.

a large brown fish, Polyprion americanus, of the sea bass family, inhabiting the Mediterranean Sea and tropical Atlantic Ocean, often occurring in groups near wrecks.

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Also called stone bass.

Origin of wreckfish

1875–80; wreck + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for wreckfish

wreckfish
/ (ˈrɛkˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

another name for stone bass

Word Origin for wreckfish

so called because it is often found near wrecked ships
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