Definition of reef bass in English:

reef bass

noun

  • 1US the red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus.

  • 2A mottled reddish-brown fish, Pseudogramma gregoryi (family Serranidae or Grammistidae), which frequents coral reefs in the west Atlantic and Caribbean.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in George Goode (1851–1896).