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muttonfish

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noun mut·ton·fish \-ˌfish\

Definition of muttonfish

  1. :  a common snapper (Lutjanus analis) of the warmer parts of the western Atlantic that is usually olive green and sometimes nearly white or tinged with rosy red and that is an important food and sport fish —called also mutton snapper



Origin and Etymology of muttonfish

from its flavor


First Known Use: 1735


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