blackfish

noun
black·​fish | \ ˈblak-ˌfish How to pronounce blackfish (audio) \

Definition of blackfish

1 : any of numerous dark-colored fishes: such as
a : tautog
b : a small bony fish (Dallia pectoralis of the family Umbridae) of Alaska and Siberia that is used for food and is noted for its resistance to cold
2 : any of several small toothed whales especially : pilot whale

Examples of blackfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the last five years, using jigs for blackfish has grown in popularity, with many arguing that the method is more effective than dropping a traditional rig. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, "Catch Tautog (aka Blackfish) on the Coldest Days of Winter," 15 Jan. 2020 To see how much blackfish could take, the men subjected them to more tests. Anchorage Daily News, "The Alaska blackfish is in a class of its own," 28 Dec. 2019 The killer whales are called aaxlu, tukxukuak, agliuk, mesungesak, polossatik, skana, keet, feared one, grampus, blackfish, orca, big-fin, fat-chopper. Whale killer. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "After Tahlequah and her calf, an anthology dedicated to orcas and their world," 16 Nov. 2019 These coolers formed a distribution point for guests who would collect meals of striped bass, black sea bass, summer flounder, blackfish, and more. Popular Mechanics, "A Homesteading Necessity: The Neighborhood Workbench," 30 June 2019 For the Lummi Nation, the orca, also know as the blackfish, are family members, their relatives under the sea. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Hand-feeding a wild orca: Inside the practice run to save the ailing killer whale J50," 6 Aug. 2018 Cast your line off the jetty for blackfish, flounder, mackerel, and stripers. BostonGlobe.com, "The 20 best beaches to visit in New England," 2 May 2018 Famed for its flaky, white meat, blackfish are masters of both being lazy, and being the ultimate predator. Ben Raines | Braines@al.com, AL.com, "Alabama Deep Sea Rodeo final results," 24 July 2017 Species include striped bass, fluke, blackfish, bluefish, bonito, false albacore and menhaden. Frank Cohen, courant.com, "For A Small State, Connecticut Rich In Fishing Spots," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of blackfish

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Blackfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blackfish. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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