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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Recent Examples on the Web After orders from chefs suddenly dropped to zero, the high-end seafood purveyor started offering home delivery of local salmon, halibut, sablefish and albacore to retail customers. Tara Duggan,, "SF's newest seafood delivery meals come from an ex-Lazy Bear chef," 17 Sep. 2020 These were often aberrations where the tuna were mixed in with schools of albacore in the fall, often at distances 30 to 100 miles offshore. Tom Stienstra,, "Rare, giant bluefin tuna off Half Moon Bay have turned the fishing world upside down," 4 Aug. 2020 Cohen went with an albacore Katsuji bowl, a collaboration with Top Chef star Katsuji Tanabe. Adam Skolnick, Longreads, "The Poke Paradox," 10 Aug. 2020 Sweetfin has always offered salmon, ahi, and albacore. Adam Skolnick, Longreads, "The Poke Paradox," 10 Aug. 2020 Cohen went with an albacore Katsuji bowl, a collaboration with Top Chef star Katsuji Tanabe. Adam Skolnick, Longreads, "The Poke Paradox," 10 Aug. 2020 Local albacore might get tossed with a white bean salad or layered under cheddar for a a classic tuna melt, while wild salmon could form the basis for a banh mi or get grilled over oak. Janelle Bitker,, "10 scenic waterfront restaurants open in the Bay Area right now," 4 Aug. 2020 Two servings a week of fatty fish such as salmon, herring, sardines and albacore tuna are a must on the Mediterranean diet due to their high content of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, a key to lowering your risk for heart disease. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Overcome the coronavirus meat shortage by adopting one of the world's healthiest diets," 20 May 2020 The Unidon menu lists a few rice bowl options, including honey teriyaki chicken ($8.95) and salmon, albacore and yellow tail sashimi over rice ($14.95). Janelle Bitker,, "New Berkeley restaurant Alley Kitchens channels Japanese food alley culture," 29 Jan. 2020

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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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“Albacore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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