noun, plural yel·low·tails, (especially collectively) yel·low·tail.

a game fish, Seriola lalandei, of California.
Also called yellowtail snapper. a small West Indian snapper, Ocyurus chrysurus.
any of several other fishes with a yellow caudal fin.

Origin of yellowtail

First recorded in 1600–10; yellow + tail1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of yellowtail

  • How many jars of pickled watermelon does Derek Lam have stored in his refrigerator, ready to be paired with yellowtail crudo?

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    Harvesting Fall's Fashions

    Renata Espinosa

    August 27, 2009

  • A member of the Yellowtail production team did not immediately return an email asking for comment.

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    The Great Wine Cover-up

    Keith Wallace

    August 18, 2009

  • A former winemaker at Yellowtail and several distributors tell me that the wildly popular Australian label, among others, uses it.

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    The Great Wine Cover-up

    Keith Wallace

    August 18, 2009

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

a carangid game fish, Seriola dorsalis, of coastal waters of S California and Mexico, having a yellow tail fin
any of various similar fishes
Also called: yellowtail moth any of various similar fishesAnother name for goldtail moth
Australian another word for yellowtail kingfish
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