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

  • noun Any of various marine food fishes of the genus Centropristis and related genera in the family Serranidae, especially C. striata of coastal Atlantic waters of North America.
  • noun Any of various similar fishes of several other families, including Nototheniidae, Polyprionidae, and Sciaenidae.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fish of the family Serranidæ, Centropristis furvus, distinguished by its peculiar caudal fin and its conspicuous colors, the body being brown or black and more or less mottled with pale longitudinal stripes along the rows of scales.
  • noun A sciænoid fish, Cynoscion nobilis, related to the weakfish of the eastern United States, but much larger. It occurs along the coast of California, where it is also called white sea-bass, and sea-salmon.
  • noun The sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanus.
  • noun Same as drum.11 .

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • A large marine food fish (Serranus atrarius syn. Centropristis atrarius) which abounds on the Atlantic coast of the United States. It is dark bluish, with black bands, and more or less varied with small white spots and blotches. Called also, locally, blue bass, black sea bass, blackfish, bluefish, and black perch.
  • A California food fish (Cynoscion nobile); -- called also white sea bass, and sea salmon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of various species of saltwater fish in various families, or a specimen thereof.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the lean flesh of a saltwater fish of the family Serranidae
  • noun any of various food and sport fishes of the Atlantic coast of the United States having an elongated body and long spiny dorsal fin


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