bo·​cac·​cio bə-ˈkä-chē-ˌō How to pronounce bocaccio (audio)
: a large rockfish (Sebastes paucispinis) of the Pacific coast locally important as a market fish

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web With the latest two darkblotched and bocaccio, seven of these fish populations are now considered to be rebuilt. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, 24 June 2017 Both bocaccio and darkblotched give live birth to their young, rather than lay eggs. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, 24 June 2017

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Word History


perhaps modification of Spanish bocacha, augmentative of boca mouth

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bocaccio was in 1881

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Cite this Entry

“Bocaccio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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