Help support Wordnik by adopting your favorite word!


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

  • n. A perchlike food fish (Arripis georgianus) of Australia and New Zealand.
  • n. A small fish (Trachichthys australis) with rough scales, found in shallow waters along the southeast coast of Australia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The orange roughy, Hoplostethus atlanticus.
  • n. Any of several marine fish of the related genus Trachichthys, which have rough and spiny scales.


Probably from rough.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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