blue·​fish | \ ˈblü-ˌfish How to pronounce bluefish (audio) \

Definition of bluefish

1 : an active food and game marine fish (Pomatomus saltatrix) that is bluish above with silvery sides
2 : any of various dark or bluish fishes (such as the pollack)

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Recent Examples on the Web Roasted venison, salmon with onion jam, acorn squash, quahog-stuffed bluefish and, of course, turkey — all indigenous to the region and locally sourced. Washington Post, "Some Native Americans are taking on the Thanksgiving myth — by pushing for a more inclusive understanding of the past," 28 Nov. 2019 The great striper, bluefish, redfish, and Spanish mackerel fishing available now in the upper and middle Chesapeake will decline within the next few weeks as these species migrate south down the Bay with dropping water temperatures. Bill May,, "Bill May: Putting together some fall fishing plans," 13 Oct. 2019 Many stripers, bluefish and sea trout are undersized and should be released quickly and carefully. Bill May,, "Bill May: Putting together some fall fishing plans," 13 Oct. 2019 That means embracing bluefish, mackerel and skate — Mid-Atlantic fish in abundant supply and priced to please. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "In Richmond, two new enchanting reasons to drive and dine," 4 Sep. 2019 In a food processor, combine the bluefish and cream cheese. Sheryl Julian,, "Smoked bluefish pate with a little heat and a citrus edge is glorious summer food," 30 July 2019 The association monitors herring numbers to help find ways to increase the population of the fish, which are a food source for striped bass, bluefish, osprey, herons, and other coastal species. Johanna Seltz,, "Volunteers count most river herring ever recorded at Herring Brook," 10 July 2019 But the real beauties are some of the more inventive dishes, like the Spanish octopus with marcona almond romesco and Basque pepper, or the neptune johnnycake smeared with honey butter, Boston smoked bluefish, and sturgeon caviar. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Best Restaurants in Boston," 16 July 2018 Wholesalers offer about $1 a pound for bluefish, for example. WSJ, "New York Couple Happy as Clams Selling Fish," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of bluefish

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bluefish was in 1711

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9 Dec 2019

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“Bluefish.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bluefish

: a type of fish that lives in the ocean and is caught by people for food and for sport


blue·​fish | \ ˈblü-ˌfish How to pronounce bluefish (audio) \

Kids Definition of bluefish

: a saltwater fish that is bluish above with silvery sides and is often used for food

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