noun \ˈha-dək\

: a fish that lives in the Atlantic Ocean and that is often eaten as food

plural haddock also haddocks

Full Definition of HADDOCK

:  an important food fish (Melanogrammus aeglefinus syn. Gadus aeglefinus) of the cod family occurring on both sides of the North Atlantic that has a black lateral line and dark patch above the pectoral fin

Origin of HADDOCK

Middle English haddok
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with HADDOCK


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus)—Painting by Jean Helmer

Valuable North American food fish (Melanogrammus aeglefinus, family Gadidae). A bottom-dweller that feeds on invertebrates and fishes, it resembles the cod, with its chin barbel (fleshy feeler) and two anal and three dorsal fins, but is distinguished by a dark (rather than light) lateral line and a distinctive dark spot on each shoulder. It is gray or brownish above, paler below. It grows to about 3 ft (90 cm) long and 25 lbs (11 kg).


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