red mullet

noun
Updated on: 26 Apr 2018

Definition of red mullet

: goatfish; especially : either of two red or reddish food fishes (Mullus surmuletus and M. barbatus) of the Mediterranean Sea and the warmer Atlantic coasts of Europe and northern Africa that are noted for their ability to change color

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