rockfish

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English[edit]

A rockfish of the genus Sebastes (Sebastes nebulosus)

Etymology[edit]

From rock +‎ fish.

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rockfish (countable and uncountable, plural rockfish or rockfishes)

  1. Any of a large number of different species of fish, which dwell among rocks, specifically:
    1. 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. The stonefishes (genus Synanceia), venomous fishes from the Indo-Pacific
    8. 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 the Madeira rockfish (Scorpaena maderensis), a common Mediterranean species
    11. Myliobatis goodei
    12. The logperch (Percina caprodes), also known as the common logperch or log perch
    13. The long-spined bullhead (Taurulus bubalis)
  2. (usually uncountable).
  3. (derogatory, slang, ethnic slur) A black person who doesn't 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. There 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

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