from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A large edible rockfish (Sebastes paucispinis) of eastern Pacific waters, having a long lower jaw and a reddish-brown body.

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  • noun A venomous marine fish, taxonomic name Sebastes paucispinis, in the Sebastinae subfamily found in the subtropical Eastern Pacific.


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

[Alteration (perhaps influenced by Italian boccaccia, ugly mouth, or the name Boccaccio) of American Spanish bocacho, from Spanish bocacha, big mouth, from boca, mouth, from Old Spanish, from Latin bucca.]


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  • Even more surprising, the study also claims that sport fishing accounts for nearly one-quarter of the catch of many overfished species such as red snapper, red drum, and bocaccio.

    Sport Fishing Catches Heat

  • Protections for bocaccio, yelloweye and canary rockfish, a slow-growing rockfish that can outlive many humans were pushed into oblivion due to overfishing in the 1970s and 1980s.

    The Seattle Times

  • He was later able to sell the bocaccio, although the catch still counted against his quota for the year.

    NYT > Home Page

  • There are such strict limits on catching the overfished bocaccio that netting a large load, even by accident, can sideline and even ruin an independent fisherman.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Oceanside: 24 anglers, one half-day boat: 92 sculpin, 31 rockfish, 23 vermillion rockfish, 1 bocaccio, 3 whitefish and 20 sanddabs.

    Fore, right!

  • Our biggest fish to that point had been a couple of whitefish and bocaccio, or salmon grouper, that went around 2 pounds.

    Fore, right!

  • The feds will almost certainly, sometime this spring, declare three rockfish species in Puget Sound - yelloweye, canary, and bocaccio - as either threatened or endangered, and so the state is required to respond. Local, Sports, Business and Entertainment News


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