al·​ba·​core | \ ˈal-bə-ˌkȯr How to pronounce albacore (audio) \
plural albacore or albacores

Definition of albacore

: a large pelagic tuna (Thunnus alalunga) with long pectoral fins that is a source of canned tuna broadly : any of various tunas (such as a bonito)

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Look for good quality solid albacore or yellowfin tuna that is packed in pure olive oil. Claudia Catalano,, "Recipe: A pasta dish with tuna and olives is ideal hot-weather fare," 8 July 2019 It's joined by plump pieces of Hawaiian albacore tuna, creamy avocado and a shockingly green ramp sauce. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "24 of our favorite appetizers at Chicago-area restaurants," 3 June 2019 Try the poke bowls: tubs of organic brown or sushi rice topped with your choice of ahi or albacore tuna, salmon, shrimp, scallops, chicken or tofu., "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 15 June 2018 For example, Starbucks roasts Kirkland coffee (two pounds, $10), Bumble Bee produces the albacore tuna (eight cans, $13), and Adams reportedly does Costco’s organic peanut butter (56 ounces, $10). Michael Easter, Outside Online, "Costco Is a Performance Athlete's Dream," 31 May 2018 Unfortunately, some types of fish that are omega-3-rich have too much mercury (think mackerel or albacore tuna) or are pricey (such as salmon). Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "From oatmeal to sardines, 7 foods that really can help hearts stay healthy," 7 May 2018 Burson-Marsteller has worked tirelessly to persuade people—especially pregnant women—that the mercury that tuna (especially albacore) is laced with is nothing to worry their pretty little heads about. Newsweek, "Analysis," 14 Mar. 2018 On Mondays and Tuesdays, Earl Ninsom’s 5-year-old restaurant offers five or six versions at a time, some cooked, some raw, including albacore, beef tartare and classic duck and pork, many with a rounding note of liver or tripe. Michael Russell | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Portland's 10 best dishes of 2017," 18 Dec. 2017 Fatty fish, such as catfish, halibut, salmon, striped sea bass and albacore tuna, are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Mayo Clinic News Network, The Seattle Times, "Will fish-oil supplements help with dry eye?," 10 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of albacore

1579, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for albacore

Portuguese albacor, from Arabic al-bakūra the albacore

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