muttonfish

noun
mut·​ton·​fish | \ ˈmə-tᵊn-ˌfish How to pronounce muttonfish (audio) \

Definition of muttonfish

: a common snapper (Lutjanus analis) of the warmer parts of the western Atlantic that is usually olive green and sometimes nearly white or tinged with rosy red and that is an important food and sport fish

called also mutton snapper

First Known Use of muttonfish

1735, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for muttonfish

from its flavor

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“Muttonfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/muttonfish. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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