from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various fish found around Australia, of the families Lutjanidae, Berycidae, and Glaucosomatidae.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In New South Wales, a fish, Beryx affinis, common in Australian waters.
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A fish called nannygai was renamed redfish, and this name has proved popular enough to improve its sales, but a green tiger prawn was renamed grooved tiger prawn because green suggested an uncooked prawn.
We had some sensational reef fishing for three days catching heaps of red emperor, coral trout, nannygai, spanish mackerel and heaps more.
Boaties have also done well on pinkies in close, along with good nannygai.
Similarly Australian fishermen found that redfish sold better than nannygai though the difference is entirely linguistic.