Meaning of grouper in English:

grouper

(Australian, New Zealand groper)

Pronunciation /ˈɡruːpə/

noun

  • A large or very large heavy-bodied fish of the sea bass family, with a big head and wide mouth, found in warm seas.

    Family Serranidae: several genera, in particular Epinephelus and Mycteroperca

    ‘Large fish such as groupers and moray eels can often be found resting next to a colony of shrimps, which flit out and crawl over the fish's skin while cleaning it.’
    • ‘It is another country - on the dive we see angelfish, tarpon, grouper and moray eels.’
    • ‘Larger fish such as groupers or other sharks have been known to prey on whitetips.’
    • ‘While being scrutinised by a gargantuan grouper and innumerable smaller fish, I became aware of a more thrilling presence.’
    • ‘Predators such as lizardfish, groupers, and snappers tend to range widely, and an element of surprise is often essential to their success.’

Origin

Early 17th century from Portuguese garoupa, probably from a local term in South America.