sailor's-choice

sailor's-choice
noun
1. a grunt found from Florida to Brazil and Gulf of Mexico
Hypernyms: ↑grunt
Member Holonyms: ↑Haemulon, ↑genus Haemulon
2. similar to sea bream; small spiny-finned fish found in bays along the southeastern coast of the United States
Hypernyms: ↑sparid, ↑sparid fish
Member Holonyms: ↑Lagodon, ↑genus Lagodon

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\\| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷\ noun (plural sailor's-choice)
: any of several small grunts of the western Atlantic: as
a. : pinfish a,b
b. : a pigfish (Orthopristis chrysopterus)
c.
(1) : a ronco (Haemulon parra)
(2) : margate a

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/say"leuhrz choys"/, n., pl. sailor's-choice.
any of several fishes living in waters along the Atlantic coast of the U.S., esp. a pinfish, Lagodon rhomboides, ranging from Massachusetts to Texas, and a grunt, Haemulon parrai, ranging from Florida to Brazil.
[1840-50, Amer.]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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