One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A grayish-olive edible wrasse (fish) which occurs off the Atlantic coast of North America.
Tautoga onitis, family Labridae
- ‘While tautog can be caught in the summer, it's hard to get a bait past the eager sea bass.’
- ‘No estimates of stock size or mortality are available for tautog in North Carolina.’
- ‘And we put no credence whatever in the old myth that the vent of the tautog closes over in winter.’
- ‘There should be more of a regional management approach for both commercial and recreational tautog fisheries.’
- ‘Taken by rod, reel, and spear from May through October, tautog is an important sport fish in Rhode Island.’
Mid 17th century: from Narragansett tautauog, plural of taut.
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