rough fish


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

Examples of rough fish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Truth is, trash fish, or rough fish, often save the day when more civilized species like bass and trout won’t co-oper-ate. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "Fish Dirty and Catch the Trash Fish Slam," 2 Aug. 2019 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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23 Aug 2020

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“Rough fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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