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tigerfish, noun

Origin:
Named for its rapacity.
1. The freshwater charactin Hydrocynus vittatus of the Characidae, a ferociously predatory fish considered good angling; tiger sense 2 b.
Note:
In P. Skelton’s Complete Guide to Freshwater Fishes (1993), the name ‘tigerfish’ is used for H. vittatus.
1893 F.C. Selous Trav. & Adventure 303Burnett..caught a fine tiger-fish.
1974 Sunday Times 8 Dec. (Mag. Sect.)Even the tiger-fishing addicts behave with decorum on the serene waters.
2. Any of three species of marine fish: a. The bank steenbras (sense (b) see steenbras sense b), Chirodactylus grandis. b. The spotted grunter Pomadasys commersonnii of the Haemulidae, characterized by its numerous black spots; tiger sense 2 a; also called knorhaan (sense 2 b). c. The thornfish Terapon jarbua of the Teraponidae, a silvery fish with black or dark brown stripes.
Note:
In Smith and Heemstra’s Smiths' Sea Fishes (1986), the name ‘spotted grunter’ is used for P. commersonnii, and ‘thornfish’ for T. jarbua.
1905 H.E.B. Brooking in E. London Dispatch 31 Oct. 6I notice under the heading of ‘Remarks,’ upon the bank steenbrass, tiger-fish or river steenbras, the following:– ‘Abundant all through the year, Black transverse stripes,..thick lips and grunts when caught.’
1949 J.L.B. Smith Sea Fishes of Sn Afr. 183Therapon jarbua...Tigerfish. Pest of St Lucia...Widespread.., reaches as far south as Port Alfred, normally plentiful in estuaries north of the Kei, extends to almost fresh water.
The freshwater charactin Hydrocynus vittatus of the Characidae, a ferociously predatory fish considered good angling; tiger2 b.
The bank steenbras (sense (b) see steenbrasb), Chirodactylus grandis.
The spotted grunter Pomadasys commersonnii of the Haemulidae, characterized by its numerous black spots; tiger2 a; also called knorhaan (sense 2 b).
The thornfish Terapon jarbua of the Teraponidae, a silvery fish with black or dark brown stripes.

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