barramundi

noun
bar·​ra·​mun·​di | \ ˌber-ə-ˈmən-dē How to pronounce barramundi (audio) , ˌba-rə- \
plural barramundi also barramundis

Definition of barramundi

: a catadromous bony fish (Lates calcarifer of the family Centropomidae) with a greenish-bronze back and silvery sides that is found from the Persian Gulf to southern China and Australia and is valued as a sport and food fish

Examples of barramundi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One recent week of menus included Cajun chicken with Dijonnaise, Moroccan shrimp bisque, pork chops with tzatziki, creamy French onion meatballs, and barramundi with creamy kale, among others. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "9 delicious keto meal and snack delivery services," 17 Aug. 2020 His indoor fish farm in Australia supplies restaurants with plate-size barramundi grown to 1.8 pounds. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "The Lockdown Made Big Fish Bad News," 14 June 2020 That means rosé and barramundi sliders at legendary chef Matt Moran’s three-level Barangaroo House. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Sydney: The Black Book," 5 July 2018 Festivalgoers can discover the bush cuisine that the aboriginal people have eaten for more than 65,000 years — there’s emu, chorizo, barramundi, magpie goose and more. New York Times, "From Peppers to Pork Pies, the Most Interesting Food Festivals of the Year," 21 Feb. 2018 Animals found on Ubirr's walls include barramundi (Asian sea bass), catfish, mullet, goannas (Australian monitor lizard), long-necked turtles, pig-nosed turtles, rock ringtail possums and wallabies. Smithsonian, "Learn more about Aboriginal Rock Art in the Northern Territory.," 7 Apr. 2017 Animals found on Ubirr's walls include barramundi (Asian sea bass), catfish, mullet, goannas (Australian monitor lizard), long-necked turtles, pig-nosed turtles, rock ringtail possums and wallabies. Smithsonian, "Learn more about Aboriginal Rock Art in the Northern Territory.," 7 Apr. 2017 The farm already is shipping barramundi, a hearty species suited well to aquaculture, to seafood markets, restaurants and food distributors. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ," 9 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of barramundi

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barramundi

perhaps borrowed from an indigenous language of inland central Queensland, Australia

Note: According to R.M.W. Dixon, et al., Australian Aboriginal Words in English: Their Origin and Meaning, 2nd edition (Oxford University Press, 2006), "Said to be from a language spoken around the Dawson and Fitzroy Rivers, central Queensland; however, it has not been possible to confirm this from data available on languages of this region" (p. 90).

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“Barramundi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barramundi. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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