yel·​low·​tail ˈye-lō-ˌtāl How to pronounce yellowtail (audio)
plural yellowtail or yellowtails
: any of various fishes having a yellow or yellowish tail: such as
: any of several carangid fishes (genus Seriola)
especially : a food and sport fish (S. lalandi) of the Pacific and Indian oceans having a yellow stripe along each side of the body
: a snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus) that is a sport and food fish found from Massachusetts to Brazil and is olive to bluish above with yellow spots and a broad yellow stripe along each side of the body

called also yellowtail snapper

Examples of yellowtail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the most beguiling combinations stars firm slices of raw yellowtail in a pool of cucumber juice, fennel and lime — an electric green foil to the buttery fish. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2023 The scallops, oysters and yellowtail are all from Baja. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2023 The healthiest options will be sashimi made with yellowtail, tuna or salmon ($17 to $19 per plate). Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 12 May 2023 Perhaps a yellowtail, which is a wonderful fish. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 2 Dec. 2022 Go for silken agedashi tofu, fried and plunked atop a bed of savory sauce with a sprinkle of fried fish flakes, sizzling rib-eye and shrimp teriyaki and sushi and sashimi platters offering a sea of tuna, salmon, yellowtail and octopus. Brooke Viggiano, Chron, 23 Mar. 2023 Clockwise from left: fluke with pickled butternut squash, yuzu kosho, and pepitas; hiramasa, a type of yellowtail, with Asian pear, XO sauce, and shiso; monkfish with potato purée, poached potato, herb purée, and herb salad. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 18 Nov. 2022 Obviously something from the robata grill that sets this izakaya apart, maybe the koji-marinated chicken, or a mackerel, or yellowtail, still tenuously and gelatinously attached to the collar bone. New York Times, 26 Oct. 2021 Think: black cod miso, rock shrimp tempura and yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 11 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1622, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yellowtail was circa 1622

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“Yellowtail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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