co·​bia ˈkō-bē-ə How to pronounce cobia (audio)
: a large bony fish (Rachycentron canadum of the family Rachycentridae) of warm seas that is a food and sport fish

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web January means hunting Coues deer in Mexico; February, the piglike javelina in Arizona; March, Osceola turkeys and cobia fishing in Florida; April, wild turkeys in Mexico, Wisconsin and Michigan; May, black bears back in Montana. New York Times, 2 Feb. 2022 In fact, many cobia were caught right at boatside after following their hooked schoolmate to the boat. Frank Sargeant, al, 14 Nov. 2021 Local fishing reports indicate that the cobia, dolphin, kingfish, tuna and wahoo are biting. Emmett Hall,, 6 Aug. 2020 Kings, Spanish and cobia are running outside the bar and around bait schools farther offshore; Frank Sargeant, al, 2 Apr. 2020 Due to their range and abundance, blue crabs are the most common live bait crab and are used for a wide variety of gamefish, including tarpon, permit, cobia, red drum, and more. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, 2 Jan. 2020 Since 1984, Butch Findley, 72, has been guiding fishermen out of Port A to seek flounder, red fish and trout in the bays, and cobia, tuna, red snapper and bill fish in the open gulf. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Mar. 2020 For many Atlantic and Gulf Coast anglers, large live menhaden (also referred to as bunker or pogies) are premier baits for tarpon, king mackerel, cobia, striped bass, bluefish, and more. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, 2 Jan. 2020 Eels are go-to baits for stripers, but also extremely effective for many other species, including cobia, tarpon, various bottom fish, amberjack, and even billfish. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, 2 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

circa 1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cobia was circa 1873

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“Cobia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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