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1 (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback; "the center fumbled the handoff" [syn: center]
2 flesh of any of various important food fishes of warm seas
3 a party favor consisting of a paper roll (usually containing candy or a small favor) that pops when pulled at both ends [syn: cracker, cracker bonbon]
4 Australian food fish having a pinkish body with blue spots [syn: Chrysophrys auratus]
5 any of several large sharp-toothed marine food and sport fishes of the family Lutjanidae of mainly tropical coastal waters
6 large-headed turtle with powerful hooked jaws found in or near water; prone to bite [syn: common snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina]

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  1. Any of some 100 different species of fish.
  1. The fish Chrysophrys auratus, but usually the adult fish of that species, with the young instead called cockney then red bream then squire, before reaching adulthood. (Reference: Australian Fish and How to Catch Them, Richard Allan, 1990, ISBN 1-86302-674-6, page 309. And Snapper entry in An Encyclopedia of New Zealand, 1966
  2. Any of a family of percoid fishes italbrac Lutjanidae, esp. the red snapper
  3. A baby (a human baby).
    1993: The Snapper — title of novel and film by Roddy Doyle
  4. - the player who snaps the ball to start the play.

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Snapper are a family of perciform fish, mainly marine but with some members living in estuaries, and entering fresh water to feed. Some are important food fish. One of the best known is the red snapper.
Snapper are found in the tropical and subtropical regions of all the oceans. They can grow to about a meter in length. Most feed on crustaceans or other fish, though a few are plankton-feeders. They can be kept in aquaria, but mostly grow too fast to be popular aquarium fish. They live at depths of up to 450 m.
About 100 species of snapper are currently recognised, divided into about 16 genera. A very large number of fish species have "snapper" in their common name; most but not all of these are members of the family Lutjanidae. Almost all the 60 or so species in the genus Lutjanus have common names including the word "snapper".
Unrelated to the fish, the word "snapper" is also used for snapping turtles, as for the common snapper and the alligator snapper.



  • Paulin, Chris D. "Pagrus auratus, a new combination for the species known as "snapper" in Australasian waters (Pisces: Sparidae)". New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 1990, 24:259-265.
snapper in German: Schnapper
snapper in French: Lutjanidae
snapper in Lithuanian: Rifešeriai
snapper in Dutch: Snappers
snapper in Polish: Lucjanowate
snapper in Portuguese: Lutjanidae

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