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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Recent Examples on the Web Both the rooftop and dining room are the province of Hugh Acheson whose menus take full advantage of the Gulf Coast—snapper, grouper, shrimp, and oysters galore. Christian L. Wright, WSJ, "New Countryside Getaways with Exquisite Food by Big-City Chefs," 30 Apr. 2021 Popular dishes include the crab-cake salad and the grouper. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, "The Insider’s Guide To Sarasota, Florida," 15 Apr. 2021 Start your morning with a cup of joe and a fresh pastry at Caribbean Coffee; for lunch or dinner, snag a seat outdoors at Killer Seafood, a casual local joint with baskets of fried shrimp and grouper po boys. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, "Unwind In Mexico Beach, Florida, An Underrated Emerald Coast Destination," 8 Mar. 2021 Being surrounded by fishing grounds, the Keys are a superb place to eat fresh seafood — classic catch includes yellowtail, grouper, mutton, snapper, mahi-mahi, spiny lobster, and stone crab. Tracey Minkin, Travel + Leisure, "Florida Keys Travel Guide," 2 Mar. 2021 Angler & Ale, the on-site restaurant, will cook up your catch or keep everyone happy with dishes like Florida lobster, grouper cheeks, and whole roasted snapper. Tracey Minkin, Travel + Leisure, "Florida Keys Travel Guide," 2 Mar. 2021 The Goliath grouper can weigh as much as 800 pounds and lives in the Atlantic Ocean. Tom Keer, Field & Stream, "Florida Anglers Land Giant Warsaw Grouper That Nearly Weighed 300 Pounds," 23 Feb. 2021 The shuttering of restaurants, where nearly 70 percent of catches ended up before the pandemic, dried up demand for high-end chef favorites such as lobster, abalone, and squid—as well as everyday fare like Guaymas’ yellowtail and grouper. Popular Science, "Post-pandemic seafood could be more sustainable. Here’s how tech is driving the change.," 23 Feb. 2021 On our cruise back to civilization (and to a fine grouper sandwich at Captiva's outdoor Key Lime Cafe), our guide Richard pointed out a row of historic fishing houses, standing high above the water on stilts. Simon Peter Groebner, Star Tribune, "Florida's wild 'quarantine' island is an escape from Fort Myers' crowds," 19 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of grouper was in 1615

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5 May 2021

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“Grouper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grouper

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

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