\ ˈchəb How to pronounce chub (audio) \
plural chub or chubs

Definition of chub

1 : any of numerous freshwater cyprinid fishes (as of the genera Gila and Nocomis)
2 : any of several marine or freshwater fishes (such as the tautog) that are not cyprinids

Examples of chub in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Smallmouth bass feast on humpback chub in the river's upper section. Brittany Peterson And John Flesher, USA TODAY, 15 June 2022 Humpback chub wouldn't be the only victims, McKinnon said. CBS News, 15 June 2022 The chub is resilient — but hasn't evolved to withstand the sudden introduction of predatory sport fish. CBS News, 15 June 2022 Although biologically a minnow, the humpback chub can reach 20 inches and 2.5 pounds. Brittany Peterson And John Flesher, USA TODAY, 15 June 2022 If a certain area containing Sonora chub shows signs of excessive grazing, the cows would be removed. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 13 Apr. 2022 The Fish and Wildlife Service used the chub’s precarious status to argue against a recent proposal to dam the Little Colorado for hydropower, Gitlin said. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 16 Oct. 2021 Not everyone is celebrating the chub’s status change. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 16 Oct. 2021 The Gila chub, native to the Southwest, has been in decline for over half a century, according to the Center for Biological Diversity, as its watery home has been pumped, diverted and dammed to death. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 18 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of chub

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chub

Middle English chubbe

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17 Jul 2022

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“Chub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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