Definition 2021




A greater amberjack, Seriola dumerili


amberjack (countable and uncountable, plural amberjacks)

  1. Any of several large food and game yellowtail fishes of the genus Seriola, found in warm waters of all oceans.
    • 1925, Zane Grey, Tales of Fishing Virgin Seas, 2000, page 111,
      It was an amberjack, and twice as large as any I had ever seen before. As I drew up the captain's snapper this amberjack came to the surface, and I certainly yelled.
    • 2006, Jerald Horst, Mike Lane, Angler's Guide to Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico, page 223,
      Greater amberjacks have 11-19 gill rakers, a long anal fin base, 7 dorsal fin spines, and 30-34 dorsal fin rays.
    • 2011, Ken Schultz, Ken Schultz's Field Guide to Saltwater Fish, page 31,
      The greater amberjack is the largest of the jacks, the most important amberjack to anglers, and, like most of its brethren, a strong fighter.

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