black·fish | \ˈblak-ˌfish \

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

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Cast your line off the jetty for blackfish, flounder, mackerel, and stripers., "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 |,, "Alabama Deep Sea Rodeo final results," 24 July 2017 Species include striped bass, fluke, blackfish, bluefish, bonito, false albacore and menhaden. Frank Cohen,, "For A Small State, Connecticut Rich In Fishing Spots," 17 May 2017 Certainty surfaces only intermittently, like blackfish spouting from beneath a deep blue tide. Jon Mooallem, WIRED, "Mr. Know-It-All: Can Whales Be Autistic?," 27 Jan. 2014 Fish species include blackfish, bluefish, winter flounder, fluke, scup, weakfish, striped bass, blue crab, striped sea robin and black sea bass. Frank Cohen,, "For A Small State, Connecticut Rich In Fishing Spots," 17 May 2017

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1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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