Saint Peter's fish

noun Saint Pe·ter's fish \-ˈpētə(r)z-\

Definition of Saint Peter's fish

  1. :  john dory

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Origin and Etymology of saint peter's fish

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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