rough fish

noun

Definition of rough fish 

: a usually freshwater fish (such as a buffalo or freshwater drum) considered undesirable as a food or sport fish and often viewed as a competitor of more desirable fishes

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Research showed alligator gar eat few game fish, concentrating on shad and carp and other abundant rough fish. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Gars’ fortunes, anglers’ attitudes evolve over the years," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of rough fish

1816, in the meaning defined above

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