yel·​low·​tail | \ ˈye-lō-ˌtāl How to pronounce yellowtail (audio) , ˈye-lə- \
plural yellowtail or yellowtails

Definition of yellowtail

: any of various fishes having a yellow or yellowish tail: such as
a : 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
c : 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 The on-site restaurant Vaga, helmed by chef Claudette Zepeda, pairs the menu to the seaside views with dishes like yellowtail crudo and mushroom tostadas and cocktails like the gin- and grapefruit-based Sunday Namaste. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 And the restaurant also puts out some super creative rolls, like the Hana Pride that uses a cucumber slice to enclose a rainbow of yellowtail, tuna, salmon and crab. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 14 Jan. 2022 Dinner included yellowtail carpaccio, roasted black god with market vegetables, and sorbet for dessert. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 11 Feb. 2022 For the sashimi combo, salmon, yellowtail, tuna and albacore are sliced into fat, generous pieces. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 14 Jan. 2022 Other temaki options will include blue crab, yellowtail, salmon and more. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Dec. 2021 The earthy flavors paired especially well with the clean, but mildly fatty, amberjack fish (also known as yellowtail). Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 1 July 2021 Another afternoon was spent bopping in and out of boutiques around town after sublime yellowtail tostadas and perhaps too many margaritas at Tiki Santos Bar. David Amsden, Travel + Leisure, 9 Nov. 2021 Loreto is a great year-round fishing destination, and the Sea of Cortez is teeming with tuna, marlin, mahi-mahi, yellowtail, sea bass and more. Roger Sands, Forbes, 9 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of yellowtail

circa 1622, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of yellowtail was circa 1622

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5 May 2022

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“Yellowtail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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