jew·​fish ˈjü-ˌfish How to pronounce jewfish (audio)
offensive : goliath grouper

Note: The American Fisheries Society and Committee on Names of Fishes officially renamed this fish the goliath grouper in 2001 due to the offensiveness of the historical name.

chiefly Australia : any of several chiefly Australian perch (such as Johnius australis and Glaucosoma hebraicum) of coastal waters
especially : mulloway
chiefly Australia : a freshwater catfish (Tandanus tandanus) of eastern Australian rivers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web About 20 years ago, a committee of fish experts renamed the jewfish into the goliath grouper. Seth Borenstein, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 Once called the jewfish, a name considered a bit insensitive for modern times, the goliath grouper suffered severe declines through the 20th century. David Fleshler,, 24 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1679, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of jewfish was in 1679

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“Jewfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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