tau·​tog ˈtȯ-ˌtȯg How to pronounce tautog (audio)
: an edible fish (Tautoga onitis) of the wrasse family found along the Atlantic coast of the U.S. and adjacent Canada

called also blackfish

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Fiddler crabs are a superb bait for redfish, permit, black drum, sheepshead, pompano, tautog, and more. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, 2 Jan. 2020 The reef is intended to become a habitat for fish that live in Narragansett Bay, including tautog, black sea bass and scup. USA TODAY, 25 Oct. 2019 Their fishing rigs, baited with sea worms and squid and anchored with pyramid sinkers, could not tempt the tautog, who preferred barnacles and crabs. Robert F. Kennedy, Town & Country, 1 June 2018 Officers also found one undersized striped bass and one undersized tautog on the boat. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, 31 May 2018

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Word History


Narragansett tautaũog, plural

First Known Use

1750, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tautog was in 1750

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Cite this Entry

“Tautog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tautog. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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