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Dictionary Definition



1 the lean flesh of any of several fish caught off the Atlantic coast of the United States
2 large edible mackerel of temperate United States coastal Atlantic waters [syn: cero, pintado, Scomberomorus regalis]
3 small silvery marine food fish found off California [syn: white croaker, chenfish, Genyonemus lineatus]
4 any of several food and game fishes of the drum family indigenous to warm Atlantic waters of the North American coast
5 large game fish of Australia and New Zealand [syn: Seriola grandis] [also: kingfishes (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. any of several food fishes of the genus Menticirrhus from the Atlantic
  2. any of several similar fishes of the Pacific


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Extensive Definition

"Kingfish" is used as the vernacular name of a variety of fish:
Because of the potential for confusion "kingfish" is not used as an official common name by either the AFS or the FAO.
In addition many additional common names of various species add adjectives to the basic "kingfish" name, most are vernacular, but a few are sanctioned by AFS or FAO.
When we move beyond the world of nature and into that of human society we encounter the word "Kingfish" in the field of American show business, specifically that of old-time radio and television comedy.
  • "Kingfish" was also the nickname of Louisiana governor Huey Long, immortalized by Randy Newman in the biographical song "Kingfish". Long appropriated the name from the character "Kingfish" of the Amos 'n' Andy radio show.
  • Baton Rouge Kingfish was the name of a minor league ice hockey team in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was named after the nickname of former Louisiana governor Huey Long.
  • Kingfish (band) was a San Francisco Bay Area rock band that included Bob Weir, Matt Kelly and Dave Torbert.
kingfish in German: Kingfish
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