orange roughy

noun
\-ˈrə-fē \

Definition of orange roughy 

: a reddish-orange fish (Hoplostethus atlanticus) of deep subtropical and tropical waters that has firm white flesh and is caught commercially chiefly in the waters of New Zealand

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Higher-mercury fish include swordfish, king mackerel, marin, orange roughy, and tilefish. Korin Miller, SELF, "Hilary Duff May Have Eaten Sushi While Pregnant and Everyone Needs to Chill Out About It," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of orange roughy

1979, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orange roughy

roughy the marine fish Arripis georgianus, short for tommy rough, from Tommy, given name + rough, probably alteration of ruff entry 1

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