Definition of papagallo
: a large brightly colored food fish (Nematistius pectoralis) related to the amberfishes and found from southern California to Peru —called also roosterfish
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Origin and Etymology of papagallo
alteration (probably influenced by Spanish gallo cock, from Latin gallus) of Spanish papagayo, literally, parrot; from the colored spines of the first dorsal fin that suggest a bird's comb — more at gallus
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