One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An edible marine fish of warm seas, with silver and bright blue or green coloration when alive.Also called dolphin
- ‘We learn how to catch flying fish, and that a dorado in its death-throes flashes different colours in rapid succession.’
- ‘They also go after sunfish, marlin, and dorado, as well as manta rays (the largest of all the rays, these can weigh up to one and a half tons).’
- ‘At the end of the fishing, we had well over 20 yellow fin, up to 30 lb, a couple of bonito, and a dorado, so I was extremely pleased.’
- ‘At night we feasted on flesh fish caught off the coast like Wahoo, mahi-mahi, dorado, blue fin and swordfish mixed with rice and black beans.’
- ‘We've seen a few dorado (aka mahimahi) skipping over the waves.’
2A South American freshwater fish with a golden body and red fins, popular as a game fish.
Early 17th century: from Spanish, literally ‘gilded’, from late Latin deauratus, from deaurare ‘to gild over’ (see also dory).
1A southern constellation (the Goldfish), containing most of the Large Magellanic Cloud.
- 1.1as genitive Doradus /dəˈrɑːdəs/ Used with preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in the Dorado constellation.‘the star R Doradus’
- 1.1as genitive Doradus /dəˈrɑːdəs/ Used with preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in the Dorado constellation.
Spanish (see dorado).
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