Definition of tarakihi in English:


Pronunciation /ˌtarəˈkiː//ˌtarəˈkiːhi/


  • A silver marine fish with a black band behind the head, related to the morwong and caught for food off the coasts of New Zealand.

    Cheilodactylus macropterus, family Cheilodactylidae

    • ‘Don't they have butterfish, warehou, hoki or tarakihi in Sydney?’
    • ‘Tarakihi are fished primarily in the Bay of Plenty on the eastern coast of New Zealand's North Island.’
    • ‘This sizzling platter featured a combination of marinated king prawns, tarakihi, scallops and squid with garlic and pepper sauce plus vegetables - it was utterly delicious and I definitely have a mind for more.’
    • ‘Although this method is often used with whole small oily fish such as sardines, I prefer to eat boned fillets of a small flavoursome fish such as tarakihi, gurnard or trevally.’
    • ‘My hubby chose the fish of the day Thai spiced tarakihi with lemon butter and capers plus vegetables - a tasty meld of broccoli, beans, carrots and cauliflower.’


Late 19th century: from Maori.