black·​fish ˈblak-ˌfish How to pronounce blackfish (audio)
: any of numerous dark-colored fishes: such as
: tautog
: 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
: any of several small toothed whales
especially : pilot whale

Examples of blackfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the second brown tide algal bloom, in 1995, most commercial fishermen had diversified, buying new gear to catch black sea bass, blackfish and striped bass, said Ken Homan, owner of Braun’s Seafood, a major wholesaler on the North Fork. Christopher Maag, New York Times, 14 Jan. 2024 Just how tough is the blackfish? Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Jan. 2023 The inshore fishing is mainly the die-hard tog fishermen, searching for a blackfish. Dan Radel, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2021 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, 15 Jan. 2020 To see how much blackfish could take, the men subjected them to more tests. Anchorage Daily News, 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, 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, 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, 6 Aug. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of blackfish was in 1634

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“Blackfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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