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- (law) Any fish that, when taken, immediately becomes the personal property of the monarch by royal prerogative, as in the United Kingdom and formerly the Kingdom of France.
- Whales and sturgeons are royal fish.
- 2015, The Origins of Corporations: The Mills of Toulouse in the Middle Ages, page 343:
- In the 1681 ordinance on maritime commerce (book V, title 7), dolphin, sturgeon, salmon, and trout are called royal fishes.