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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Ninsom’s fingerprints are all over the place: that smart tom kha addition to the albacore, the beets and puffed jasmine rice in magenta-bright coconut cream, the easy blend of smoky-funky-sour flavors rising from the barbecue fried rice. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Eem is Portland’s 2019 Restaurant of the Year," 12 Sep. 2019 Pikoh’s albacore tiradito sears gracias to the judicious use of ají limo. Gustavo Arellanostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "At Pikoh, Peruvian superstar chef Ricardo Zarate holds back his fastball for a West L.A. crowd," 24 July 2019 Things such as swordfish and albacore that people catch and eat, these feed on anchovy, sardine and squid. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanographers mark seven-decade survey of the California Current," 15 July 2019 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

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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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