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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And slimehead fish became orange roughy. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 June 2022 And the history of orange roughy in New Zealand is a cautionary tale. Kate Evans, Discover Magazine, 11 Sep. 2019 Later dishes included pierogi-adjacent dumplings in beet soup, Polish-style coleslaw, orange roughy, fruit compote and more. Lucas Daprile, cleveland, 27 Dec. 2022 When the orange roughy fishery began in the late 1970s, scientists thought the species lived to just 30 years old. Kate Evans, Discover Magazine, 11 Sep. 2019 On price lists and menu cards they are better known, respectively, as orange roughy and Chilean sea bass. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 27 July 2022 There is also a children’s menu as well as additional side dishes, French fries, orange roughy and pierogi for an extra fee. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 25 Feb. 2022 Drive-through only dinners: Fried cod, two pieces; orange roughy, crab cakes, two pieces; shrimp, eight pieces; pierogi, six pieces (potato, sauerkraut, cheese, prune). Marc Bona, cleveland, 26 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of orange roughy was in 1979

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Cite this Entry

“Orange roughy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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