cusk

noun
\ ˈkəsk \
plural cusk or cusks

Definition of cusk 

1 : a large edible North Atlantic fish (Brosme brosme) of the cod family

2 : burbot

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And Mr. Haatuft works only with fishermen who pull in wild creatures like cusk, sea urchins, langoustines and mahogany clams — big specimens with thick brown shells that live for up to 400 years. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "North of Nordic: A Young Chef Invents ‘Neo-Fjordic’ Cuisine," 18 July 2017 All are apt descriptions for a 19-pound, 11-ounce eelpout (aka burbot, aka lawyer, lingcod, cusk and a host of other unbecoming nicknames) caught by Brent Getzler of Roosevelt. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "Fat burbot: MN man sets record for biggest eelpout. (That’s a fish.)," 5 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of cusk

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cusk

probably alteration of tusk, a kind of codfish

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