American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A porgy (Chrysophrys guttulatus) of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand, having a large bony protuberance on the nape when fully grown and prized as a sport fish and food fish. Also called snapper.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fish, Pagrus unicolor, abundant in all Australasian waters and similar to the red porgy of the Mediterranean, and the red tai of Japan.
- Alteration (influenced by German Schnapper, snap, schnapper) of snapper. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Then, when maybe they have caught schnapper, red bream and parrot-fish, they drift among the turtle, and the sport begins.”
“Moreover, schnapper and other prime fish are often sold there as low as 4d. per lb., a price at which no one can complain.”
“Up they came, two at a time, dozens and dozens of them kauwhai, cavalle, yellow-tail, schnapper -- lovely fish of delicious flavour and goodly size.”
“In the maw there were, besides a large quantity of dismembered squid of great size, a number of fish, such as rock-cod, barracouta, schnapper, and the like, whose presence there was”
“Our new ground proved a lucky one, for we not only caught some seventy schnapper -- some of them truly noble fish -- but two magnificent black and white rock cod, a fish whose flavour is excelled by no other in”
“The schnapper, the best of all Australian fish, is too well known to here enter into a detailed description.”
“What a beautiful fish is a ten-pound schnapper -- a brilliant pink back, sides and tail, dotted over with tiny spots of a wonderful, gleaming blue that sparkle like miniature diamonds; the bream-shaped head a deep reddish-purple, with nose and lips of palish pink; the belly a pure, shining white.”
“Phillip, the first Governor of New South Wales, spoke of the schnapper as 'an exceedingly beautiful and palatable fish.”
“No leather-jackets appeared to disturb our pleasure, and not even the usual murderous shark showed his ugly face, and played the usual game of seizing every schnapper as it was hauled up, and biting it in halves.”
“The greatest ignorance, too, prevails as to the edible qualities of the many varieties of excellent rock-fish, except the well-known schnapper.”
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