can·​dle·​fish | \ ˈkan-dᵊl-ˌfish How to pronounce candlefish (audio) \

Definition of candlefish

: a very oily anadromous marine food fish (Thaleichthys pacificus) of the smelt family that occurs along the North Pacific coast

called also eulachon

Examples of candlefish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These animals, identified as individuals by their markings and relationships, elicit concern and compassion, even love, as no mussel or candlefish or any other marine species smaller than a whale ever will. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "After Tahlequah and her calf, an anthology dedicated to orcas and their world," 16 Nov. 2019 Millie Clark, Acworth A: Also known as butterfish, blue cod, candlefish and coal cod, sablefish isn’t really part of the cod family at all. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Where can I find it?," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of candlefish

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Candlefish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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