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June fish

[Car.; cf. OED Jew fish "It hath scales and Fins, therefore a clean fish according to the Levitical Law"; by nasalization and folk etym.] n. the Jew fish, Promicrops itaira: 1909,4 "Jew Fish" [June-fish] an enormous creature from 300-700 pounds (Cowles 25). (Nassau)

Tags: animal, fish, folk etymology, nasalization, noun

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Last update: 2011-06-02 01:29
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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