Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of several sciænoid fishes of the Pacific coast of North America. The Sciæna or Roncador stearnsi, a large and valuable food-fish of the coast of California, attaining a weight of from 5 to 6 pounds, of a silvery bluish or grayish color, with darker markings, and especially a black pectoral spot.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] A section of Sciæna, or a genus of sciænoids, represented by the roncador (see 1 ).
- n. zoology Any of several species of Californian sciaenoid food fishes, especially Roncador stearnsi and the red roncador (Corvina, Johnius, saturna).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of California sciænoid food fishes, especially Roncador Stearnsi, which is an excellent market fish, and the red roncador (Corvina saturna syn. Johnius saturna).
- Spanish, a snorer, from roncar to snore. So called in allusion to the grunting noise made by them on being taken from the water. (Wiktionary)
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