noun cap·e·lin \ˈka-p(ə-)lən\

Definition of capelin

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

Origin and Etymology of capelin

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

First Known Use: 1620

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