royal fish

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royal fish (plural royal fishes or royal fish)

  1. (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[1], page 343:
      In the 1681 ordinance on maritime commerce (book V, title 7), dolphin, sturgeon, salmon, and trout are called royal fishes.

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