saint peter's fish


saint peter's fish
\\-ˈpēd.ə(r)z-\ noun
Usage: usually capitalized S&P
Etymology: after St. Peter died ab67, one of Jesus' disciples, regarded as the founder of the Church of Rome; so called from the legend that the dark spot on each side of a John Dory is due to Peter's having removed a coin from the mouth of a fish of this species to pay a tax (Mt 17:27)

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  • St Peter's fish — the John dory or Zeus faber, so named because of the prominent pigment spots where reputedly Saint Peter picked it up and left his fingerprints (ichthyogeographically unlikely). See also St. Peter s mark and the devil s thumb print …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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