orange roughyorange roughy
pl. orange rough′y
a bright reddish-orange food fish (Hoplostethus atlanticus) of an order (Beryciformes, family Trachichthyidae) of deep-sea bony fishes with primitive bony rays
Origin of orange roughyroughy uncertain or unknown; perhaps in reference, refer to the large, rough-edged scales on its body
A long-lived marine fish (Hoplostethus atlanticus) of deep cold waters, especially off the coasts of New Zealand and Australia, having a bright reddish body and fished commercially for food.
Origin of orange roughyorange (in reference to its color ) + roughy (probably from rough, in reference to the texture of its scales, perhaps also influenced by Australian English ruffy, roughy, ruff (the fish Arripis georgianus)).