[ yel-oh-teyl ]

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.

  1. any of several other fishes with a yellow caudal fin.

Origin of yellowtail

First recorded in 1600–10; yellow + tail1

Words Nearby yellowtail Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use yellowtail in a sentence

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

    Tales of Fishes | Zane Grey

British Dictionary definitions for yellowtail


/ (ˈjɛləʊˌteɪl) /

nounplural -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

  1. Also called: yellowtail moth any of various similar fishes: Another name for goldtail moth

  2. Australian another word for yellowtail kingfish

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