One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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