One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various sea breams of the genus "Dentex", especially "D. dentex" of the Mediterranean and the North African Atlantic coast. Many are important food fishes.
- ‘Like Majorca, the sea around Menorca abounds with shoaling barracuda, amberjack, dentex and dolphins.’
- ‘You will see shoaling barracuda, dentex, amberjack and sunfish here.’
- ‘I was heartened to also see good concentrations of dentex bream, the northern Mediterranean's equivalent of the barracuda.’
- ‘There are good numbers of many different species of bream, but the pink dentex and the hurta bream are the most prized, both reaching in excess of 30 lb.’
Modern Latin (genus name), from Latin.
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