/trip"euhl tayl'/, n.
1. a large food fish, Lobotes surinamensis, inhabiting the warmer waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, having the lobes of its dorsal and anal fins extending backward and, with the caudal fin, suggesting a three-lobed tail.
2. any similar fishes of the genus Lobotes, of the Pacific and Indian oceans.
[1795-1805; TRIPLE + TAIL1]

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      any of four species of fishes constituting the family Lobotidae (order Perciformes). The family contains two genera (Lobotes and Datnioides), with members of the first genus found in tropical or warm temperate marine waters and those of the second found in brackish or freshwater environments. The name tripletail refers specifically to Lobotes surinamensis, the largest species in the family, which reaches a length of 1 m (3 feet) and is found worldwide.

      Tripletails are so called because they appear to have three tails, a consequence of enlarged lobes on the posterior fins. A peculiar adaptation, which may be a means of protective camouflage, is the propensity of young tripletails to turn sideways in the water and float listlessly, mimicking floating leaves. Tripletails are carnivorous and in the Atlantic are sometimes sought by sports fishermen.

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  • tripletail — [trip′əl tāl΄] n. any of a family (Lobotidae) of percoid fishes that have large, trailing dorsal and anal fins; esp., a large food fish (Lobotes surinamensis) of warm W Atlantic waters …   English World dictionary

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  • tripletail — noun large food fish of warm waters worldwide having long anal and dorsal fins that with a caudal fin suggest a three lobed tail • Hypernyms: ↑percoid fish, ↑percoid, ↑percoidean • Hyponyms: ↑Atlantic tripletail, ↑Lobotes surinamensis, ↑Pacific… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tripletail — /ˈtrɪpəlteɪl/ (say tripuhltayl) noun (plural tripletail or tripletails) a large food fish, Lobotes surinamensis, of the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea, with the lobes of its dorsal and anal fins …   Australian English dictionary

  • tripletail — noun Date: circa 1803 a large marine bony fish (Lobotes surinamensis of the family Lobotidae) of warm and tropical waters that has long dorsal and anal fins which extend backward and together with the caudal fin appear like a 3 lobed tail …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tripletail — tri•ple•tail [[t]ˈtrɪp əlˌteɪl[/t]] n. ich a large W Atlantic food fish, Lobotes surinamensis, with dorsal and anal fins extending to the tail • Etymology: 1795–1805 …   From formal English to slang

  • Atlantic tripletail — Taxobox | name = Atlantic tripletail image width = 240px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Perciformes familia = Lobotidae genus = Lobotes species = L. surinamensis binomial = Lobotes surinamensis binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • Atlantic tripletail — noun tripletail found from Cape Cod to northern South America • Syn: ↑Lobotes surinamensis • Hypernyms: ↑tripletail …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pacific tripletail — noun tripletail found in the Pacific • Syn: ↑Lobotes pacificus • Hypernyms: ↑tripletail …   Useful english dictionary

  • Atlantic tripletail — atlantinis triuodegis ešerys statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Lobotes surinamensis angl. Atlantic tripletail rus. атлантический лобот; суринамская трёххвостка; суринамский лобот ryšiai: platesnis… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

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