Peter's fish
Peter Pe"ter, n. A common baptismal name for a man. The name of one of the apostles, [1913 Webster]

{Peter boat}, a fishing boat, sharp at both ends, originally of the Baltic Sea, but now common in certain English rivers.

{Peter Funk}, the auctioneer in a mock auction. [Cant, U.S.]

{Peter pence}, or {Peter's pence}. (a) An annual tax or tribute, formerly paid by the English people to the pope, being a penny for every house, payable on Lammas or St.Peter's day; -- called also {Rome scot}, and {hearth money}. (b) In modern times, a voluntary contribution made by Roman Catholics to the private purse of the pope.

{Peter's fish} (Zo["o]l.), a haddock; -- so called because the black spots, one on each side, behind the gills, are traditionally said to have been caused by the fingers of St. Peter, when he caught the fish to pay the tribute. The name is applied, also, to other fishes having similar spots. [1913 Webster]


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  • Saint Peter's fish — Saint Saint (s[=a]nt), n. [F., fr. L. sanctus sacred, properly p. p. of sancire to render sacred by a religious act, to appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Cf. {Sacred}, {Sanctity}, {Sanctum}, {Sanctus}.] 1. A person sanctified; a holy or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • St Peter's fish — John John (j[o^]n), n. [See {Johannes}.] A proper name of a man. [1913 Webster] {John apple}, a sort of apple ripe about St. John s Day. Same as {Apple john}. {John Bull}, an ideal personification of the typical characteristics of an Englishman,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • St Peter's fish — noun A name applied to several fish, eg the dory and the tilapia • • • Main Entry: ↑saint …   Useful english dictionary

  • St. Peter’s fish — drugelinis ešerys statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Caesioperca lepidoptera angl. butterfly perch; red perch; St. Peter’s fish rus. чешуепёрая цезиоперка ryšiai: platesnis terminas – drugeliniai ešeriai …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • St. Peter’s fish — paprastoji saulažuvė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Zeus faber angl. John dory; St. Peter’s fish; target dory rus. морской кузнец; обыкновенный солнечник; понский солнечник ryšiai: platesnis terminas …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • saint peter's fish — ˈpēd.ə(r)z noun Usage: usually capitalized S&P Etymology: after St. Peter died ab67, one of Jesus disciples, regarded as the founder of the Church of Rome; so called from the legend that the dark spot on each side of a John Dory is due to Peter s …   Useful english dictionary

  • Saint Peter's fish — the John dory or Zeus faber, so named because of the prominent pigment spots where reputedly Saint Peter picked it up and left his fingerprints (ichthyogeographically unlikely). See also St. Peter s mark and the devil s thumb print …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • St Peter's fish — the John dory or Zeus faber, so named because of the prominent pigment spots where reputedly Saint Peter picked it up and left his fingerprints (ichthyogeographically unlikely). See also St. Peter s mark and the devil s thumb print …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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