Entry from British & World English dictionary
noun (plural same)NZ
A marine fish of coastal Australasian waters. See sea bream.
- Don't they have butterfish, warehou, hoki or tarakihi in Sydney?
- I prefer something with texture, oil, and big flakes, so in New Zealand something like kahawai, trevally or warehou would all be good.
- The same applies to the silver warehou, S. punctata, and the white warehou, S. caerulea, which are of comparable size but inhabit deeper waters and are known also off the southern coasts of S. America.
Mid 19th century: from Maori.
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