\ˈchəb \
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 that are not cyprinids

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Other statement chubs include the tubular, heavy-duty steel Neotenic Lounge chair from (appropriately named) new design practice Jumbo, the debut collection from Oōd Studio, and new ceramic lamps and fabric poufs from Eny Lee Parker. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "All the NYCxDesign 2018 highlights you should know," 30 May 2018 Some Tui chubs are being seen in the shallows at times, which is the main source of forage for these trout and just in time for the post spawn bite when the fish put on the feed bag. sacbee, "Fishing line: Sacramento River sees plenty of stripers and shad | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Apr. 2018 The metal ties on which consumers can find the lot numbers to see if their chub has been recalled. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Fourth pet food recall in seven days: this one after salmonella and listeria found. | Miami Herald," 27 Mar. 2018 Made to stand up to Bangkok’s debilitating humidity, Snake Brand Prickly Heat Cooling Powder ($8 at, a next-level chub-rub antidote, feels tingly between the thighs. Lauren Levy, The Cut, "The Everything Guide to Staying Cool at a Summer Wedding," 12 Apr. 2018 The product, from Blue Ridge Beef, is sold in frozen 2-pound chubs. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Salmonella and listeria found in this cat food after at least one kitten was killed | Miami Herald," 2 Mar. 2018 Product is packaged in 5-pound frozen chubs labeled Chicken and Salmon Dog Food with a UPC code of 0 87316 38440 6 and a product best buy date code of 15 082218. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Three more dog foods, treats recalled over possible contamination," 26 Feb. 2018 Bloater chub had the highest biomass, 9.13 kilotonnes, followed by deepwater sculpin (2.75), rainbow smelt (0.62) and round goby (0.52). Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Alewife hit a record low in Lake Michigan in 2017," 21 Feb. 2018 The Minneapolis, Minnesota, company is recalling its 5-pound and 1-pound sealed plastic tubes, also known as chubs. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Three pet products recalled over potential salmonella contamination," 11 Feb. 2018

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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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