One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a number of marine fishes that frequent rocky habitats, especially in Australian waters.
Several species, chiefly in the families Scorpaenidae and Serranidae
- ‘At the edge of the park, you find a collection of caves housing a school of giant rock cod, some stretching the whole of 2 metres.’
- ‘Our rods were home made, but with my rod I caught rock cod, parrot fish and spotties.’
- ‘A 27 kg male will consume roughly 25 per cent of his body weight in clams, crabs, squid and rock cod each day.’
- ‘So I tried to ignore them by concentrating on the numerous rock cod that seemed to be sunning themselves on the coral.’
- ‘One good one, S. cardinalis, turns up in Australia, where it was given the inappropriate name of red rock cod.’
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