papagallo

noun
pa·​pa·​ga·​llo | \ ˌpäpəˈgī(ˌ)ō \
plural -s

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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History and Etymology for 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

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“Papagallo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/papagallo. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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