One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1NZ any of several New Zealand freshwater fishes of the genus Galaxias (family Galaxiidae), especially the giant kokopu, G. argenteus, and the inanga, G. maculatus (now historical).
2US any of various greenlings (family Hexagrammidae) of the east Pacific, especially of the genus Hexagrammos (now rare).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Edward Gray (1800–1875), zoologist and museum curator.
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