Definition of mado in English:


nounPlural mados

  • A small yellowish marine fish with brown longitudinal streaks, occurring around eastern Australia and New Zealand.

    Genus Atypichthys, family Kyphosidae: two species

    • ‘There were plenty of fish around, including yellowtail, mados, hulafish, morwongs, old wifes, gropers, large tarwhine feeding on the seagrass beds, bream, etc.’
    • ‘At times, you felt as if you were diving at one of the reefs off Cronulla, as dozens of Mados.’


Late 19th century: probably from an Aboriginal language of Queensland.