Definition of morwong in English:



  • A marine fish of Australian waters, typically brightly coloured and sometimes commercially fished.

    Nemadactylus and other genera, family Cheilodactylidae

    • ‘Juvenile dusky morwong meander nearby, while octopus and cuttlefish hide below suspended beams and the tips of old hollowed piles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is grouped for statistical and commercial purposes with the morwong.’


Late 19th century: probably from a New South Wales Aboriginal language.