capelin

noun
cap·​e·​lin | \ˈka-p(ə-)lən \

Definition of capelin 

: a small northern sea fish (Mallotus villosus) of the smelt family

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Plentiful in Alaska, murres eat finger-length forage fish such as capelin and juvenile pollock. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Alaska seabird deaths continue trend tied to warming ocean," 11 Aug. 2018 Half the kick comes from ginger, and the pop from tiny beads of masago (capelin roe). Author: Ligaya Mishan, Anchorage Daily News, "Heading home to Hawaii in search of poke," 10 Jan. 2018 Half the kick comes from ginger, and the pop from tiny beads of masago (capelin roe). Author: Ligaya Mishan, Anchorage Daily News, "Heading home to Hawaii in search of poke," 10 Jan. 2018 Half the kick comes from ginger, and the pop from tiny beads of masago (capelin roe). Author: Ligaya Mishan, Anchorage Daily News, "Heading home to Hawaii in search of poke," 10 Jan. 2018 Half the kick comes from ginger, and the pop from tiny beads of masago (capelin roe). Author: Ligaya Mishan, Anchorage Daily News, "Heading home to Hawaii in search of poke," 10 Jan. 2018 Half the kick comes from ginger, and the pop from tiny beads of masago (capelin roe). Author: Ligaya Mishan, Anchorage Daily News, "Heading home to Hawaii in search of poke," 10 Jan. 2018 Half the kick comes from ginger, and the pop from tiny beads of masago (capelin roe). Author: Ligaya Mishan, Anchorage Daily News, "Heading home to Hawaii in search of poke," 10 Jan. 2018 Half the kick comes from ginger, and the pop from tiny beads of masago (capelin roe). Author: Ligaya Mishan, Anchorage Daily News, "Heading home to Hawaii in search of poke," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of capelin

1620, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for capelin

Canadian French capelan, from French, codfish, from Old Occitan, chaplain, codfish, from Medieval Latin cappellanus chaplain — more at chaplain

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