nounpl. John Do′rys
any of various bony fishes (order Zeiformes); esp.,
- an edible, marine, European fish (Zeus faber) with a yellow-ringed black spot on each side of its flat body
- a similar silvery fish (Zenopsis conchifera) of the W Atlantic
Origin of John DoryJohn + dory
A marine food fish (Zeus faber) of the eastern Atlantic, Indian, and western Pacific Oceans, having a laterally compressed body, a black mark on each side, and long spines on the dorsal fin.
Origin of John DoryThe name John ( after the name of the protagonist of the English ballad “John Dory,” a French privateer defeated by a Cornish sea captain ) dory 2
(plural John Dories)
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