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

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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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