One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A marine fish of Australian waters, typically brightly coloured and sometimes commercially fished.
Nemadactylus and other genera, family Cheilodactylidae
- ‘It is grouped for statistical and commercial purposes with the morwong.’
- ‘From the cooler water morwong, to a splendid angelfish and the brightly speckled hawkfish, this oceanic haven in the middle of a vast sea vibrates to the rhythm of the Pacific's currents.’
- ‘Juvenile dusky morwong meander nearby, while octopus and cuttlefish hide below suspended beams and the tips of old hollowed piles.’
Late 19th century: probably from a New South Wales Aboriginal language.
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