from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A perciform marine fish of the family Polyprionide, often inhabiting caves and shipwrecks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stone bass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An Australian species, Polyprion oxygeneios, of the family Serranidæ.
  • n. The stone-bass, cernier, cherna, or cherne, Polyprion cernium. See Polyprion, and cut under stone-bass.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. brown fish of the Atlantic and Mediterranean found around rocks and shipwrecks


From wreck +‎ fish, since it often comes in with wreckage. (Wiktionary)


  • Birch & Barley welcomes Pennsylvania's Sly Fox Brewery to the 14th Street NW restaurant for a five-course tasting menu that pairs offerings like Sly Fox's seasonal Oktoberfest brew with pan-seared wreckfish, or the Saison Vos with a beef striploin.

    Getting Up Guide: Spoken-word showcase; Sly Fox brew tasting

  • Company's selection is extensive; Southern favorites like catfish and wreckfish are offered as well.

    Fish by Mail: Worth the Clams?

  • Among the fish, one can identify a parrotfish (Sparisoma cretense) leaping above the wave crest and a big wreckfish (Polyprion americanum) lurking near the bottom, but the electric eel is a bit of artistic license.

    Godzilla's Attacking Babylon!

  • A wreckfish passes diver Martin Hansel, dressed as Santa

    Kansas City Star: Front Page

  • We have no idea what the first couple ordered, But the seared striped bass goes for $24, the braised wreckfish $26.

    Pat Dollard | Young Americans

  • Alaskan halibut and sablefish, and South Atlantic wreckfish; all four fisheries now have smaller fishing fleets, higher incomes for fishermen and larger, healthier fish stocks.


Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.