red mullet

noun

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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Usually, this is a placid spot where Mr. Raftis fishes for red mullet and snapper. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, "Tiny Islands Make for Big Tensions Between Greece and Turkey," 21 Apr. 2018 At first blush, model Lina Hoss’ directional new look at today’s Gucci show looked like a re-imagination of David Bowie’s famous flame red mullet. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Model's Radical Makeover Turned Heads on the Gucci Runway," 21 Feb. 2018

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1761, in the meaning defined above

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