yellowtail

noun
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

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Rivertail will specialize in local, sustainable seafood, with catch-of-the-day specials (pompano, yellowtail, grouper, lionfish) and a large, island raw bar framed in high-top seating. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Jose Mendin’s Rivertail restaurant docking on Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Riverfront," 10 Sep. 2019 On the menu: Tuna tartare, yellowtail carpaccio, live diver-scallop motoyaki, duck breast with foie gras and a fusion dessert of creme-brulee napoleon with matcha and Japanese-whisky butterscotch sauce. Joe Gray, chicagotribune.com, "A Tiki party pig roast, a celebration of Mexican cuisine, a cult veal parm sandwich, and more at Food Bowl," 16 Aug. 2019 In recent years, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has increasingly cracked down on commercial boat operators who escort passengers into MPAs to illegally catch everything from rockfish to bass to yellowtail. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California cracks down on poaching in marine protected areas, but small-time anglers slip under the radar," 18 Aug. 2019 Turquoise water stretches into the distance, stuffed full of blue tangs and schools of yellowtail snapper that flounder away from our ship and conceal themselves beneath thin layers of sea foam. David Canfield, EW.com, "First look: Next year's biggest YA fantasy could be All the Stars and Teeth," 2 July 2019 Neither were really dressed — surely the yellowtail could have used a little citrus? Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Olio: Is the Italian plain delicious - or too plain?," 5 June 2019 Dishes include a smoked duck dashi soup with pine, roasted pumpkin topped in homemade ricotta and kombu algae, and yellowtail sashimi marinated in soy, ginger, and lemony yuzu. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to the Little Tokyo of Mexico City," 23 Jan. 2019 Couple that with the current water temperatures and the yellowtail seem locked in. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'Biggest schools of yellowtail I've ever seen' invade Coronado Islands," 22 June 2018 Kanesaka's technique and brigade are textbook-perfect: Otsumami small bites are his wheelhouse (sliced yellowtail wrapped around daikon radish ribbons, sweet amaebi shrimp topped with uni), and the nigiri are wonderfully balanced. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Best Places for Sushi in Tokyo," 27 Feb. 2018

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circa 1622, in the meaning defined above

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