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
"Kingfish" is used as the vernacular name of a variety of fish:
- King mackerel Scomberomorus cavalla (several)
- Kingcroakers Menticirrhus spp. (several)
- Narrow-barred Spanish mackerel Scomberomorus commerson (Australia)
- White croaker Genyonemus lineatus (United Kingdom)
- Cobia Rachycentron canadum (Papua New Guinea)
- Wahoo Acanthocybium solandri (Barbados)
- Crevalle jack Caranx hippos (Mauritania)
- Japanese meagre Argyrosomus japonicus (Australia)
- Yellowtail amberjack Seriola lalandi (Australia, New Zealand)
- Opah Lampris guttatus (United Kingdom)
- Silver gemfish Rexea solandri (Australia)
- Trevally (sometimes Travelli) Caranx ignobilis (South Africa)
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 (band) was a San Francisco Bay Area rock band that included Bob Weir, Matt Kelly and Dave Torbert.
- Kingfish (album), the first album released by the band Kingfish.
kingfish in German: Kingfish