noun (plural same or oilfishes)
A large violet or purple-brown escolar, the flesh of which is oily and unpalatable.
- Ruvettus pretiosus, family Gempylidae
More example sentences
- Known to the Comorans as mazé this form of fishing was developed to ‘target’ the oilfish, Ruvettus pretiosus, known to the Comorans as nessa.
Definition of oilfish in:
- The US English dictionary