bar·​ra·​mun·​di ˌber-ə-ˈmən-dē How to pronounce barramundi (audio)
plural barramundi also barramundis
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web At the Joint, roughly a dozen dry-aging fridges display the wares: tuna from Spain, barramundi from Arizona, salmon from New Zealand, black cod from British Columbia, hamachi from Japan. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2023 Shrimp in the Midwest is relatively new, as well as the salmon and barramundi. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Aug. 2022 And a farm in central Indiana that started by raising largemouth bass outdoors added a new indoor facility in recent years to grow barramundi indoors. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Aug. 2022 The state has allowed Norwegian salmon to be raised in Homestead and Australian barramundi, a freshwater fish similar to snook, to be raised in open ponds in Osceola County. Ed Killer,, 18 Oct. 2021 Pearl meat and wild barramundi are among super-fresh seafood on offer; and the restaurant's iconic Peking Duck highlights on a menu that is both traditional and inventive. Keira Alexander, Travel + Leisure, 16 Aug. 2021 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, 17 Aug. 2020 His indoor fish farm in Australia supplies restaurants with plate-size barramundi grown to 1.8 pounds. Mike Cherney, WSJ, 14 June 2020 That means rosé and barramundi sliders at legendary chef Matt Moran’s three-level Barangaroo House. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 July 2018 See More

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Word History


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).

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of barramundi was in 1864

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Cite this Entry

“Barramundi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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