Jewfish Jew"fish`, n. (Zo["o]l.) 1. A very large serranoid fish ({Promicrops itaiara}) of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. It often reaches the weight of five hundred pounds. Its color is olivaceous or yellowish, with numerous brown spots. Called also {guasa}, and {warsaw}. [1913 Webster]

2. A similar gigantic fish ({Stereolepis gigas}) of Southern California, valued as a food fish. [1913 Webster]

3. The black grouper of Florida and Texas. [1913 Webster]

4. A large herringlike fish; the tarpum. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • jewfish — [jo͞o′fish΄] n. pl. jewfish or jewfishes (see FISH) [orig. uncertain] any of several large fish found in warm seas; esp., a large grouper (Epinephelus itajara) found off Florida …   English World dictionary

  • Jewfish — is the informal name of some species of fish, including: * Glaucosoma hebraicum , the West Australian Dhufish * Epinephelus itajara , the Goliath grouper …   Wikipedia

  • jewfish — (n.) 1670s, from JEW (Cf. Jew) (n.) + FISH (Cf. fish) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • jewfish — /jooh fish /, n., pl. (esp. collectively) jewfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) jewfishes. any of several very large fishes, esp. of the family Serranidae, as the giant sea bass and the groupers Epinephelus itajara and E.… …   Universalium

  • jewfish — /ˈdʒufɪʃ / (say joohfish) noun (plural jewfish or jewfishes) 1. in Australia a. any of several species of large, marine fishes of the family Sciaenidae, valued as food and for sport, as the mulloway. b. a large food fish, Glaucosoma hebraicum,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • jewfish — Tarpum Tar pum, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A very large marine fish ({Megapolis Atlanticus}) of the Southern United States and the West Indies. It often becomes six or more feet in length, and has large silvery scales. The scales are a staple article of trade …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jewfish — noun Date: 1679 any of various large groupers (especially Epinephelus itajara) that are usually dusky green, brown, or blackish, thickheaded, and rough scaled; also any of various other large fishes (as Argyrosomus hololepidotus) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • jewfish — common name for Epinephelus itajara (Lichtenstein, 1822), changed to goliath grouper so as not to violate the tenets of good taste. See also squawfish …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • jewfish — noun any of many types of fish including the Japanese seabass Syn: Goliath grouper …   Wiktionary

  • jewfish — n. any of the different large groupers that are blackish or dark green or brown with rough scales (found in the tropical Atlantic Ocean) …   English contemporary dictionary

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