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 The items were — and still are — less expensive but still contain the same fresh cuts of albacore, salmon, eel, yellowtail or escolar. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "You voted! Here are reader’s favorite restaurants in West Valley City," 30 Apr. 2021 Sea Forager’s halibut, oysters and albacore tuna are fished or harvested sustainably, mostly from Bay Area fishermen. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Seafood as self care: My year of eating community-supported fish," 29 Mar. 2021 Many of these sandwiches can trace their origins to two famous golden arches, but their creators have expanded the fried fish ecosphere to include Pacific striped bass, cod, sushi-grade albacore tuna and tilapia. Los Angeles Times, "Stellar places for takeout and outdoor dining," 27 Mar. 2021 Ogg ventures out in his boat, the Karen Jeanne, to fish for salmon, albacore, black cod, and dungeness crab in the Pacific. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "Stay calm under pressure with lessons learned in the world’s most stressful careers," 8 Jan. 2021 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

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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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11 May 2021

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“Albacore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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