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A black triggerfish that occurs worldwide in tropical seas.
- ‘Also known as black durgon, this fish is a striking blue - black, with distinctive white lines tracing its tail end at the base of the dorsal and anal fins.’
- ‘Here, where currents from South America and the Atlantic clash and dump their plankton load, pelagics share the reefs with the ubiquitous black durgons, queen angelfish and Creole wrasse.’
- ‘Divers will find lots of black durgons and yellow tail snappers here.’
- ‘Atlantic spade fishes and black durgons patrol over the reef.’
- ‘Barracuda hovered overhead or patrolled the deck, while black durgons flitted like shadows inside a wheelhouse lined with brilliant red and golden sponges.’
Mid 20th century: durgon perhaps from English dialect durgan or durgen ‘undersized person or animal’.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.