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A rockfish or striped bass (Morone saxatilis)
A rockfish, logperch or common logfish (Percina caprodes).
A rockfish or long-spined bullhead (Taurulus bubalis).
A rockfish of the genus Sebastes (Sebastes nebulosus)

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From rock +‎ fish.



rockfish (countable and uncountable, plural rockfish or rockfishes)

  1. (usually uncountable) Any of a large number of different species of fish, which dwell among rocks, specifically:
    1. A fish in the family Sebastidae, marine fishes that inhabit oceans around the world
      1. Sebastes, mainly of the North Pacific
    2. Acanthoclinus, a genus of fish from New Zealand
    3. Scyliorhinus stellaris (nursehound), a shark known as rock salmon when used in cuisine
    4. Hexagrammos, a genus of greenling from the North Pacific
    5. Hypoplectrodes, a genus of fish in the family Serranidae
    6. Salvelinus, a genus of fish in the salmon family
    7. A stonefishes (genus Synanceia), venomous fishes from the Indo-Pacific
    8. A striped bass (Morone saxatilis), a species of fish from North America
    9. Certain groupers, in the subfamily Epinephelinae
    10. Certain fish of genus Scorpaena, such as Madeira rockfish (Scorpaena maderensis), a common Mediterranean species
    11. Myliobatis goodei (southern eagle ray)
    12. A logperch (Percina caprodes), also known as common logperch or log perch
    13. A long-spined bullhead (Taurulus bubalis)
  2. (derogatory, slang, ethnic slur, US) A black person who does not know how to swim.
    • 2010 August 20, Jesse, “Blacks & common sense”, in uk.current-events.terrorism, Usenet[1]:
      Yet another Rockfish goes under. ¶ Young Deejion was playin some hoop with some homies by da riva, wen de backetbaw fell in da river.
    • 2017 February 6, Rick Mathers, “Three nigger teenaper sows join rockfish parade”, in alt.atheism, Usenet[2]:
      Three nigger teenaper sows join rockfish parade. Three nigger "teens" reportedly drowned when the stolen car they were driving careened into a pond ...
    • 2017 October 7, Byker, “TNB: All I'm seeing is 100% negro”, in can.politics, Usenet[3]:
      Everyone knows niggers don't surf, they sink -- like the rockfish they are