Definition of surmullet in English:

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surmullet

Pronunciation: /səːˈmʌlɪt/

noun

A red mullet that is widely distributed in the tropical Indo-Pacific.
  • Pseudupeneus fraterculus, family Mullidae.
Example sentences
  • This is an excellent diving location, rich in lobsters, groopers, surmullets and other fish.
  • Goatfish sometimes go by the nickname surmullets and their 40 or so species are widespread throughout the tropics.
  • Around the steam engine you can usually see two large stone basses, while at the bottom under the stern, there is usually a shoal of large surmullets always rummaging for something.

Origin

Late 17th century: from French surmulet, from Old French sor 'red' + mulet 'mullet'.

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