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.
Family Coryphaenidae and genus Coryphaena: two species, in particular the large C. hippurusAlso called dolphin
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We've seen a few dorado (aka mahimahi) skipping over the waves.’
- ‘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).’
2A South American freshwater fish with a golden body and red fins, popular as a game fish.
Salminus maxillosus, family Characidae
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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