noun \ˈhwīt-ˌfish, ˈwīt-\

Definition of WHITEFISH

a :  any of various freshwater salmonid food fishes (especially of genera Coregonus and Prosopium) found usually in cold northern waters
b :  any of various fishes resembling the true whitefishes
c British :  any of various market fishes with white flesh that is not oily
:  the flesh of a whitefish especially as an article of food

First Known Use of WHITEFISH

15th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of several silvery food fishes (family Salmonidae, or Coregonidae), inhabiting cold northern lakes of Europe, Asia, and North America. Whitefish weigh about 2–5 lbs (1–2 kg); they eat insect larvae and other small animals. The Lake Superior whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis), also called whiting or shad, is the largest of the lake whitefishes. Ciscoes, or lake herring (Coregonus artedi), are herringlike food and sport fishes. The best sport fishes of the family are the Rocky Mountain whitefish (Prosopium williamsoni) and other round whitefishes.


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