orange roughy

noun
\ -ˈrə-fē How to pronounce orange roughy (audio) \

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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In the late 1990s, Australian scientists documented devastation from nets dragged across seamounts near Tasmania to catch orange roughy. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Mountains hidden in the deep sea are biological hot spots. Will mining ruin them?," 12 Sep. 2019 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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