\ 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

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The ship's crew pulled in loads of whitefish, perch and oily chubs, which were popular for smoking. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A 1945 fishing tug gets a new life as a tour boat in Michigan," 2 Aug. 2019 This network of waters, at Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, provides a home to scarce animals including the Gila topminnow, a sparkly-silver, inch-long fish, and Gila chub, which are larger and more rotund. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "In a land of wild cats and scarce water, a battle over mining heats up," 25 Apr. 2019 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 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 seasonal floods nourish a diverse assemblage of insects that, in turn, sustain a variety of larger creatures, from juvenile salmon and Oregon chub to migrating neotropical songbirds. Bennett Hall, The Seattle Times, "A day on floating on Oregon’s Willamette River," 8 Dec. 2017 Scuds and other invertebrates scurry into the current along with maybe a chub or stoneroller or other small fish that live in the rocky matrix. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Finding treasures on the upper Nueces," 21 Oct. 2017 Chub mackerel Tuesday, May 16: MAFMC scoping hearings will be held to obtain public input on efforts to manage chub (tinker) mackerel. Sun Staff Reports,, "Recreation and Outdoors calendar (May 13)," 13 May 2017 Other species in the lake include the Lahontan tui chub, the Tahoe sucker, and the Sacramento perch. Reno Tahoe, The Seattle Times, "How to make the most of a 72-hour getaway to Reno Tahoe," 30 June 2017

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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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