opah

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Researchers examine an opah (Lampris guttatus), which was later released

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opah (plural opahs or opah)

  1. Any of various large, colourful, deep-bodied pelagic fish of the family Lamprididae.
    • 2003, Margaret M. Smith, Phillip C. Heemstra (editors), Smiths' Sea Fishes (Revision of 1977, James Leonard Brierley Smith, The Sea Fishes of Southern Africa), page 398,
      A member of the lower epipelagic community, the opah feeds on squid and fishes (including some benthic species) and is usually found well offshore.
    • 2006, Sharon Hamblin, Adventure Guide Maui, page 36,
      For a long time, opah has been thought to be good luck so it was only given away, never sold. Opah is a nonschooling open-ocean fish so it's not caught in great quantities.
    • 2013, Roy Yamaguchi, John Harrisson, Roy's Fish and Seafood: Recipes from the Pacific Rim, page 77,
      Opah is an extraordinary-looking ocean fish, with an almost perfectly round shape; a comparatively thin, flat profile; a silvery skin, and bright crimson fins.

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