dogtooth tuna


plural dogtooth tuna or dogtooth tunas
: a medium-sized nearly scaleless tuna (Gymnosarda unicolor) of the Indian and southwestern Pacific Ocean that has a large mouth with long conical teeth, often reaches a length of over five feet (1.5 meters), and is valued especially as a sport fish
On ledges and drop-offs along the cliff walls, small groups of big dogtooth tuna wait for the baitfish.Steve Cooper
For a species rarely encountered in local waters, fearsome looking dogtooth tuna occupy the thoughts of a lot of West Australian anglers.The Sunday Times (Australia)

called also bonito

Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dogtooth tuna was in 1930

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“Dogtooth tuna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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