yellowtail

noun
yel·low·tail | \ˈye-lō-ˌtāl, 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

b : silver perch sense a

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

Every Liholiho poke starts as a whole tuna loin, either from yellowtail or bigeye, depending on what’s running at the time. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 The classic cold dishes include yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, tiradito, red snapper sashimi with dry miso and yuzu, bluefin toro tartare, lobster ceviche on butter lettuce, and lobster and shiitake salad with spicy lemon dressing. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: Nobu Houston," 30 May 2018 Well-seared, the king yellowtail is lush and succulent: Seafood, from $2 to $32 during restaurant hours, Sakanaya at Wokuni, 327 Lexington Avenue (39th Street), 212-447-1212, wokuninyc.com. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Sushi-Grade Fish Straight From Japan," 9 Apr. 2018 As depicted, the yellowtail sashimi glows a rosy pink thanks to a delicate film of ponzu. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Radio Anago is Brendan Sodikoff’s sushi cave under the deep dark sea . . .," 3 May 2018 Not a bad inventory, mind you — reasonably fresh tuna, salmon, octopus, salmon roe, mackerel, crab stick, tamago, yellowtail, shrimp, cucumber — just no points for show. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Yummi delivers with sushi, ramen and rockin’ rolls," 15 Mar. 2018 The yellowtail and tuna are raised in Japan at the aqua farms owned by Tokyo Ichiban Foods, a large restaurant company that has Wokuni in its lineup. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Sushi-Grade Fish Straight From Japan," 9 Apr. 2018 Much better was the Hamachi Zu sashimi ($9), consisting of a half-dozen pieces of yellowtail, thickly sliced into triangles, soaking in a citrusy ponzu sauce. Malcolm Mayhew, star-telegram, "Poke Stop sure-footed as it catches first wave of Hawaiian-dining trend in Fort Worth | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 Apr. 2018 The recipes lean Japanese, with flavors like ume-shiso, tangy and bright from salted plum, and a tumble of hamachi (yellowtail) stung by wasabi. Author: Ligaya Mishan, Anchorage Daily News, "Heading home to Hawaii in search of poke," 10 Jan. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'yellowtail.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of yellowtail

circa 1622, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about yellowtail

Share yellowtail

Statistics for yellowtail

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for yellowtail

The first known use of yellowtail was circa 1622

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on yellowtail

See words that rhyme with yellowtail

Comments on yellowtail

What made you want to look up yellowtail? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to reject or criticize sharply

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!