rock·​fish ˈräk-ˌfish How to pronounce rockfish (audio)
: any of various fishes that live among rocks or on rocky bottoms: such as
: any of a genus (Sebastes) of scorpaenid fishes including many important food fishes
: any of several groupers

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Examples of rockfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Use any firm-fleshed white fish fillets, such as halibut, snapper or rockfish. David Tanis, New York Times, 25 Oct. 2023 Use any firm-fleshed white fish, such as halibut, bass or rockfish. David Tanis, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2023 Both generally live between 20 to 30 years and feed mainly on squid, anchovies, mackerel, rockfish, and sardines. Adela Suliman, Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2023 That one drag caught the entire Southeast Alaska rockfish quota, leading to massive outcry and eventually leading to trawling being banned off Southeast Alaska. Outdoor Life, 28 Sep. 2023 Several categories of fish will be tested, according to the EPA’s plan, including predatory game species such as smallmouth bass and rockfish, and bottom-dwellers with a relatively high fat content, where more of the contaminants would collect, such as carp, catfish and American eel. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 30 Aug. 2023 There’s also a chance that DeGraff’s rockfish would have outweighed the current world record. Outdoor Life, 16 Aug. 2023 Steamed rockfish, which a server compares to clam chowder, delivers on the promise with a moat of diced potatoes, bacon and milky sauce around the entree, freckled with scallion ash, a handy way to deal with the abundance of scallions in the kitchen. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2023 The bounty of the Pacific Northwest's chilly and pristine waters shines through in dishes inspired by Seattle's favorite foods, like the bánh mì filled with ground rockfish and pork patties. Naomi Tomky, Saveur, 2 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rockfish was in 1598

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“Rockfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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