Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large, edible rockfish (Sebastes paucispinis) of American Pacific waters.

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  • n. A venomous marine fish, taxonomic name Sebastes paucispinis, in the Sebastinae subfamily found in the subtropical Eastern Pacific.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Alteration (perhaps influenced by Italian boccaccia, ugly mouth, or the name Boccaccio) of American Spanish bocacho, from Spanish bocacha, big mouth, from boca, mouth, from Old Spanish, from Latin bucca.

Examples

  • Even more surprising, the study also claims that sport fishing accounts for nearly one-quarter of the catch of many overfished species such as red snapper, red drum, and bocaccio.

    Sport Fishing Catches Heat

  • Protections for bocaccio, yelloweye and canary rockfish, a slow-growing rockfish that can outlive many humans were pushed into oblivion due to overfishing in the 1970s and 1980s.

    The Seattle Times

  • He was later able to sell the bocaccio, although the catch still counted against his quota for the year.

    NYT > Home Page

  • There are such strict limits on catching the overfished bocaccio that netting a large load, even by accident, can sideline and even ruin an independent fisherman.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Oceanside: 24 anglers, one half-day boat: 92 sculpin, 31 rockfish, 23 vermillion rockfish, 1 bocaccio, 3 whitefish and 20 sanddabs.

    Fore, right!

  • Our biggest fish to that point had been a couple of whitefish and bocaccio, or salmon grouper, that went around 2 pounds.

    Fore, right!

  • The feds will almost certainly, sometime this spring, declare three rockfish species in Puget Sound - yelloweye, canary, and bocaccio - as either threatened or endangered, and so the state is required to respond.

    HeraldNet.com Local, Sports, Business and Entertainment News

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