One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large marine game fish which occurs in inshore tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic and South Pacific.
Genus Seriola, family Carangidae: several species
- ‘Like Majorca, the sea around Menorca abounds with shoaling barracuda, amberjack, dentex and dolphins.’
- ‘Some giant trevallies, the odd green jobfish and a solitary amberjack had paid us a visit, together with an ever-present and rather annoying pack of small reef sharks.’
- ‘In this scenario, salmon, cod, amberjack, red snapper, and other fish are raised in the cages and are fed ground fish meal from rafts on the surface.’
- ‘Large numbers of amberjack, bream, parrotfish and grouper can be found.’
Late 19th century: from amber (because of its yellowish tail) + jack.
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