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, or of the English people.

{John Bullism}, English character. --W. Irving.

{John Doe} (Law), the name formerly given to the fictitious plaintiff in an action of ejectment. --Mozley & W.

{John Doree}, {John Dory}. [John (or F. jaune yellow) + Doree, Dory.] (Zo["o]l.) An oval, compressed, European food fish ({Zeus faber}). Its color is yellow and olive, with golden, silvery, and blue reflections. It has a round dark spot on each side. Called also {dory}, {doree}, and {St. Peter's fish}. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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

  • 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

  • St. Peter's fish — type of edible fish …   English contemporary dictionary

  • St Peter's fish — noun a tilapia with a dark mark near each pectoral fin, native to North Africa and the Middle East. [Sarotherodon galileus.] Origin with biblical allusion to Matt. 17:27 …   English new terms dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • St. Peter's spot — a pigment blotch near the rear of the dorsal fin in juvenile Sarotherodon galilaeus, a tilapia, from Lake Galilee. Supposedly the thumb mark of St. Peter where he picked up the fish and removed a piece of money from its mouth. Actually correlates …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • 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

  • 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

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