tautog

noun
tau·tog | \ ˈtȯ-ˌtȯg , ˈtȯ-ˌtäg , tȯ-ˈtȯg , tȯ-ˈtäg \

Definition of tautog 

: an edible fish (Tautoga onitis) of the wrasse family found along the Atlantic coast of the U.S. and adjacent Canada

called also blackfish

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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, "Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Describes What It's Really Like Inside the Kennedy Compound in Hyannisport," 1 June 2018 Officers also found one undersized striped bass and one undersized tautog on the boat. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Tourists cited for overfishing on New Bedford boat," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of tautog

1750, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tautog

Narragansett tautaũog, plural

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