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

  • n. Any of several large, spotted, olive-brown marine fishes of the family Serranidae, especially the grouper Epinephelus itajara of tropical Atlantic and eastern Pacific waters.

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  • n. Any of many types of fish including the Japanese seabass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A very large serranoid fish (Promicrops itaiara) of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. It often reaches the weight of five hundred pounds. Its color is olivaceous or yellowish, with numerous brown spots. Called also guasa, and warsaw.
  • n. A similar gigantic fish (Stereolepis gigas) of Southern California, valued as a food fish.
  • n. The black grouper of Florida and Texas.
  • n. A large herringlike fish; the tarpum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of several different fishes, chiefly of the family Serranidæ.

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

  • n. large important food fish of Australia; almost indistinguishable from the maigre
  • n. large dark grouper with a thick head and rough scales


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  • Then up comes a great jewfish, which is just as likely to weigh five hundred pounds as fifty, and to be as large as a good-sized Shetland pony, and he makes a lunge for your bait, and --

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  • A mock radio jingle for the species of grouper formerly known as the "jewfish," containing the line: "Close your eyes and try to picture a great big friendly jewfish -- that is unless you're Jewish.

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  • Some have suggested it was a goliath grouper formerly known as jewfish.

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  • We moved around the rest of the morning, catching hardhead catfish (which Willcox unhooked with a long disgorger, to avoid the venomous spines in its dorsal and pectoral fins) and even a young goliath grouper, or jewfish (a protected species).

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  • Thus instantly turning it from what was useful information to meaningless political propaganda suitable only for wrapping the jewfish we powerheaded 25 fathoms below the oilrig this morning.

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  • A jewfish, six feet long and easily three hundred pounds, his blotchy hide mimicking the sun-dappled rock, pouting lower lip thick as Anna's wrist, lay without moving beneath an overhang of a coral-covered rock less than half his size, his wee fish brain assuring him he was hidden.

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  • Order now before today's pussified, PADI-preaching prattlers warp you into taking "living reef eco-tours" when, instead, you could be going 30 fathoms deep and power-heading jewfish between the eyes.

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  • Augustus Gloop, all the way down in Australia, commands us, Grab Your Fork! and enjoys a jewel-like jewfish under the very last lingering rays of summer at Pier 26 in Darling Harbour.

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  • I felt the water grow colder as I went deeper, and now I could see crabs and jewfish moving quickly across the bottom and puffs of sand from the wings of stingrays that undulated and glided like shadows down the sides of the trench.

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