sau·​ry ˈsȯr-ē How to pronounce saury (audio)
plural sauries
: a widely distributed fish (Scombresox saurus) of temperate waters of the Atlantic that resembles the related needlefishes
also : a similar widely distributed fish (C. saira) of temperate waters of the Pacific

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Recent Examples on the Web As fish make for cooler climates, some species such as the Pacific saury and flying squid are moving farther into open waters and out of the reach of Japanese fishermen, particularly as fuel prices rise. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2023 Visitors may soon be able to spot saury skeletons on bay beach walks. Eric Williams, USA TODAY, 6 Dec. 2022 According to Nichols, because of certain proteins in their blood, saury bones have a bluish-green tint. Eric Williams, USA TODAY, 6 Dec. 2022 And there was an unusual abundance of another fish, too: the foot-long, narrow-bodied Atlantic saury, which seabird chicks can swallow just fine. Dharna Noor,, 7 Oct. 2022 Although flounder and Pacific saury from Iwaki were on sale, Ms. Nagayama chose flounder from Hokkaido, in far northern Japan. New York Times, 23 Dec. 2019 His otsumami small plates are stunning and creative, and his nigiri, especially the sanma (saury) and uni, is heavenly. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Feb. 2018 In Ofunato, on the eastern coast of Iwate prefecture south of the missile’s path, a fisherman said he was frustrated being interrupted by the missile launch when saury are in season. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2017 Tiny dried anchovies floating in bubbling cauldrons of stock, blades of silver saury branded with grill marks, and chunks of blue-skinned mackerel simmered in soy sauce all made occasional appearances at the dinner table. Debbie Lee, Bon Appetit, 20 Mar. 2017 See More

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Word History


New Latin saurus lizard

First Known Use

circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of saury was circa 1771

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“Saury.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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