kingfish


kingfish
/king"fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) kingfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) kingfishes.
1. any of several marine food fishes of the drum family, esp. of the genus Menticirrhus, found off the E coast of the U.S.
2. Also called white croaker. a marine food fish, Genyonemus lineatus, found off the Californian coast.
4. a large game fish, Seriola grandis, found in Australia and New Zealand, closely related to the yellowtail.
5. any of various other fishes noted esp. for their size.
6. Informal. a person regarded as a leader or authority: a kingfish in Democratic party circles.
[1740-50; KING + FISH]

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Any of various fishes, among them certain species of mackerel and a drum.

The king mackerel, or kingfish (Scomberomorus cavalla), is a western Atlantic fish about 67 in. (170 cm) long and weighing 79 lbs (36 kg) or more. The kingfish, or whiting (Menticirrhus saxatilis), of the Atlantic, is notable among drums in that it lacks an air bladder.

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      any of various fishes, among them certain species of mackerel (q.v.) and a drum (q.v.) of the genus Menticirrhus.

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