Definitions

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

  • n. See goatfish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mullet in the family Mullidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of various species of mullets of the family Millidæ, esp. the European species (Millus surmulletus), which is highly prized as a food fish. See mullet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fish of the family Mullidæ; specifically, Mullus surmuletus, one of the choicest food-fishes of the Mediterranean (anciently the mullus, of gastronomic renown), red in color with three yellow longitudinal stripes. The red or plain surmullet of Europe is M. barbatus. See mullet.

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

  • n. brightly colored tropical fishes with chin barbels

Etymologies

French surmulet, from Old French sormulet : probably sor, reddish brown (of Germanic origin) + mulet, mullet; see mullet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French surmulet, from Middle French sormulet, from sor ("reddish brown") + mulet ("mullet"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Of sea substances, the surmullet, the blacktail, the mullet, and the eel; for these are the fishes most to be guarded against.

    On The Sacred Disease

  • It was composed of turtle soup made of the most delicate hawks bills, of a surmullet served with puff paste (the liver of which, prepared by itself, was most delicious), and fillets of the emperor-holocanthus, the savour of which seemed to me superior even to salmon.

    Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

  • Seius gave for the nightingale the command of a quantity of labour and subsistence equal to what 66l. 13s. 4d. would purchase in the present simes, and Asinius Celer gave for the surmullet the command of a quantity equal to what 88l. 17s. 9d. 1/3 would purchase.

    XI. Book I. Of the Rent of Land

  • It was composed of turtle soup made of the most delicate hawks bills, of a surmullet served with puff paste

    Vingt mille lieues sous les mers. English

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