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noun, plural yel·low·tails, (especially collectively) yel·low·tail.
  1. a game fish, Seriola lalandei, of California.
  2. Also called yellowtail snapper. a small West Indian snapper, Ocyurus chrysurus.
  3. yellowtail flounder.
  4. any of several other fishes with a yellow caudal fin.
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Origin of yellowtail

First recorded in 1600–10; yellow + tail1
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Historical Examples of yellowtail

  • I have seen acres of flying-fish in the air at once, and great swarms of yellowtail, basking on the surface.

  • At Mæander Reef I took the first yellowtail ever caught in the islands with rod and line.

  • What becomes of these seven tons of white sea-bass and all the other tons and tons of yellowtail and albacore?

British Dictionary definitions for yellowtail


noun plural -tails or -tail
  1. a carangid game fish, Seriola dorsalis, of coastal waters of S California and Mexico, having a yellow tail fin
  2. any of various similar fishes
  3. Also called: yellowtail moth any of various similar fishesAnother name for goldtail moth
  4. Australian another word for yellowtail kingfish
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