ma·​hi-ma·​hi ˌmä-hē-ˈmä-(ˌ)hē How to pronounce mahi-mahi (audio)
variants or mahi mahi or mahimahi
: the flesh of a dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) used for food
also : the fish

Examples of mahi-mahi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The current roster includes a bluefin tuna tostada ($12) topped with chipotle aioli and corn microgreens, and mahi-mahi aguachile bearing sesame seeds and a wakame seaweed salad ($15.50) about which Siegel raves. Benjy Egel, Sacramento Bee, 4 Mar. 2024 From a lemon shark sharing a toothy grin at dusk, to a green-blue mahi-mahi ambushing sardines, the 2024 Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY) Awards showcase the stunning beauty and diversity of our world’s oceans. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Feb. 2024 Helmed by Chef Orlando Satchell, the menu consists of local flavors and ingredients with dishes like green banana soup, mahi-mahi, coconut jerk lobster, yellowfin tuna, and Creole bread. Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon, Travel + Leisure, 12 Feb. 2024 Starchy taro replaces potatoes in Fresh Off Da Boat’s chips and fries, which accompany ruby-red tuna poke or mahi-mahi fish and chips. Benjy Egel, Sacramento Bee, 8 Feb. 2024 Instead of turkey, the animals dined on mahi-mahi with mussel gravy and enjoyed a mix of trout blood and gelatin instead of cranberry sauce. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 For the ultimate ocean-to-table experience, chef Lopez will join visitors on deep-sea fishing adventures, zipping out past tiny islands and schools of dolphins to search for mahi-mahi. Regan Stephens, Robb Report, 31 Oct. 2023 The saffron risotto and grilled mahi-mahi are some of the most popular dishes on the menu and for good reason. Parker Diakite, Essence, 29 Aug. 2023 Great options include mussels, scallops and chunks of firm-fleshed fish like swordfish, cod, halibut, mahi-mahi and monkfish. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 11 Aug. 2023

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Word History


Hawaiian, Tahitian, & Marquesan

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mahi-mahi was in 1905

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“Mahi-mahi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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