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

Examples of grouper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other examples include Harpo Marx, his soundless mouth opening and closing like a grouper’s, and Klaus Kinski, a danger to everything else in the tank. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2023 Get the grill really hot and oil up the grates before putting the grouper on. 51 of 60 Grilled Chicken Legs The mayonnaise and pickle brine marinade in this recipe results in wonderfully juicy chicken legs that don't overcook. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 12 June 2023 From Key West pink shrimp to Apalachicola oysters to bay scallops to Florida lobster to mahi-mahi, grouper, and snapper, the seafood selection in this pleasant peninsula is unparalleled. Skye Sherman, Southern Living, 12 June 2023 Snakehead fillets, conversely, have a texture much more similar to saltwater species like snapper and grouper. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 20 July 2023 The Andros Barrier Reef is the third-largest fringing reef on Earth and home to more than 160 species of fish and coral, while the stunning Victory Reef in Bimini is known to attract grouper, snapper, barracudas, and sharks. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 15 July 2023 Their Californian Salad comes with pickled onions, cucumber, grilled and chilled shrimp, avocado, and red wine, whereas the grouper ceviche embraces caper leaves, Calabrian chili, citrus, and olive oil. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 22 June 2023 There was also a greater abundance of commercially valuable fish like grouper, with 35 percent more biomass. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 22 June 2023 Off Jamaica's coast, by contrast, sharks are faring worse as local fishermen catch the grouper and snapper upon which sharks prey. Dino Grandoni,, 16 June 2023 See More

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Word History


Portuguese garoupa

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grouper was in 1615

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“Grouper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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grou·​per ˈgrü-pər How to pronounce grouper (audio)
plural groupers also grouper
: any of various mostly large fishes that live at the bottom of warm seas and are related to the sea basses

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