sau·​ry | \ ˈsȯr-ē How to pronounce saury (audio) \
plural sauries

Definition of saury

: 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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Examples of saury in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although flounder and Pacific saury from Iwaki were on sale, Ms. Nagayama chose flounder from Hokkaido, in far northern Japan. New York Times, "Japan Wants to Dump Nuclear Plant’s Tainted Water. Fishermen Fear the Worst.," 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, "22 Best Places for Sushi in Tokyo," 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, "Sirens sound as North Korea again sends a missile over Japan," 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, "These Are the Best Ways to Cook Oily Fish," 20 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of saury

circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saury

New Latin saurus lizard

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The first known use of saury was circa 1771

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29 Dec 2019

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“Saury.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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