grou·​per | \ ˈgrü-pər How to pronounce grouper (audio) \
plural groupers also grouper

Definition of grouper

: any of numerous fishes (family Serranidae and especially genera Epinephelus and Mycteroperca) that are typically large solitary bottom-dwelling fishes of warm seas and include important food fishes

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Rivertail will specialize in local, sustainable seafood, with catch-of-the-day specials (pompano, yellowtail, grouper, lionfish) and a large, island raw bar framed in high-top seating. Phillip Valys,, "Jose Mendin’s Rivertail restaurant docking on Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Riverfront," 10 Sep. 2019 Suggestion: Spear and whisk the potatoes through the tiny rivers of sauce flowing from the grouper. Marc Bona,, "Edwins serves fine French dishes with a cause (review, photos)," 15 Aug. 2019 While frenzied sharks tears apart the dead swordfish like cotton candy, the giant grouper sneaks up on them, also hungry. Brett Clarkson,, "Incredible video from ocean floor shows a shark being eaten whole by a bigger fish," 10 July 2019 Also lurking nearby and waiting to pounce on one of the sharks was a large wreckfish, which commentators on the video thought was a grouper. Richard Tribou,, "Video captures deep-sea fish swallowing a shark," 8 July 2019 Call it a sewer salmon, mud marlin, pond pig, river rabbit, dumpster dolphin, ghetto grouper, septic steelie or Cyprinus carpio., "Today: A Retreat, Without a Question," 12 July 2019 The diet of juvenile groupers has been found to consist of almost 90 percent cryptobenthic fish. Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic, "Coral reefs depend on lots of fish the size of jellybeans," 23 May 2019 Snorkel and dive among groupers, rays, and nurse sharks at Shark Ray Alley, part of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve on the southern tip of Ambergris Caye. National Geographic, "Belize High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served, but come for a cocktail and stay for a meal of fresh tuna tartare followed by seared grouper in a beurre blanc. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Curaçao," 8 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of grouper

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grouper

Portuguese garoupa

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: a large fish that lives at the bottom of warm seas

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