Saint Peter's fish


Saint Pe·​ter's fish
: john dory

Word History


after St. Peter †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 having removed a coin from the mouth of a fish of this species to pay a tax (Matthew 17:27)

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“Saint Peter's fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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