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1 large important food fish of Australia; almost indistinguishable from the maigre [syn: mulloway, Sciaena antarctica]
2 large dark grouper with a thick head and rough scales [syn: Mycteroperca bonaci] [also: jewfishes (pl)]

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  1. any of many types of fish including the Japanese seabass



Extensive Definition

Jewfish is a term broadly applied to a number of species of marine fish, including:
It was also sometimes loosely applied to various other groupers of family Serranidae.
The term red Jew could refer to either of two lutjanids (Perciformes), the crimson snapper (Lutjanus erythropterus) or the Malabar blood snapper (Lutjanus malabaricus).
In 2001 the American Fisheries Society renamed the jewfish (Epinephelus itajara) the goliath grouper out of concern for the potential offensiveness of the name.


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