from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various brightly colored tropical Pacific scorpion fishes of the genus Pterois, having venomous spines in the dorsal fin.
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- n. Any of the venomous fish of the Pterois or Scorpaenidae family, notable for their long and separated spines
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- n. brightly striped fish of the tropical Pacific having elongated spiny fins
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One group has called lionfish a plague of Biblical proportions stalking the Bahamian economy.
U.S. oceans agency NOAA's joint campaign to get chefs interested in the lionfish, which is invasive to Carribbean waters and threatens stocks of grouper and snapper.
The front section of the cookbook, which calls the lionfish "The Caribbean's New Delicacy,"
The lionfish were a hit, not just for their snapper-life taste, but, according to one chef, "the story of the fish and the fact that eating it supports a conservation effort added to the appeal of the dish."
They said the additions will include a new tropical reef for swimming with sea life such as lionfish and sharks, and an island nature trail.
Native to the Indo-Pacific, the aptly-named lionfish also known as the scorpion fish, or firefish is believed to have been introduced to East Coast waters, including the Caribbean, by pet owners releasing aquarium fish into coastal waters.
Last Wednesday night, Kerry Heffernan, head chef for Central Park's South Gate Restaurant, prepared a delectable feast based on four exotic invasive varieties of seafood: green crab known to most fisherfolk as bait for blackfish, Asian carp, lionfish and blue tilapia.
The lionfish is prey to no known predators, is a voracious eater, grows fast and reproduces year round.
Cast as a poet, Menichelli often looks as outrageous as a lionfish.
It can scare off predators by taking on the appearance of the highly toxic lionfish.