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royal fish Line breaks: royal fish

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Definition of royal fish in English:


A whale, porpoise, or sturgeon caught near the British coast or cast ashore there. In these circumstances they belong to the Crown or, in the Duchy of Cornwall, to the Prince of Wales.
Example sentences
  • The royal fish - protected as swans are - was caught by Robert Davies from Llanelli, west Wales, in Swansea Bay yesterday.
  • Being a royal fish, if caught, it becomes the property of the crown.
  • Waters concluded that the great size of the sturgeon was the reason for its designation as a royal fish reserved for royal banquets.
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