One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The red codling, Pseudophycis bachus (family Moridae), of waters around New Zealand and southern Australia, which is reddish green above and pink below and turns reddish after death.
2Canadian the yelloweye rockfish, Sebastes ruberrimus (family Sebastidae), of the east Pacific.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Ray (1627–1705), naturalist and theologian.
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