red drum

noun

: a large coppery drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) chiefly of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic coast of North America that has a black spot at the base of the tail and is an important game and food fish

called also channel bass, redfish

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this month, the actress shared videos on her Instagram Story of son Rennie having a blast with a tiny red drum set. Angela Andaloro, PEOPLE.com, 21 July 2022 On Monday, the actress, 38, shared videos on her Instagram Story of son Rennie having a blast with a tiny red drum set. Angela Andaloro, PEOPLE.com, 12 July 2022 Fishermen can catch blue crab, spotted and sand seatrout, sea catfish, red drum, and southern flounder in the island's waters. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 4 Apr. 2022 It’s particularly noted for producing huge black drum as well as red drum or redfish in winter—the recent Thanksgiving weekend turned out some whoppers both for anglers fishing during the day and those fishing under the lights after sundown. Frank Sargeant, al, 1 Dec. 2021 Though red drum are only stocked once each year, Nisbet said catfish are put into several area ponds throughout the area multiple times each year. Megan Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 Though red drum fish are a coastal species, the rules for catching them in the San Antonio-area lakes are different. Megan Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 Kiene said his program predecessor, Reid Nelson, observed little to no movement from red drum in certain locations. Frank Sargeant, al, 6 June 2021 The same applies to saltwater anglers wanting to tag a red drum over 28 inches. Dallas News, 15 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of red drum was in 1709

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“Red drum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red%20drum. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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Last Updated: 4 Aug 2022

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