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.
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.
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Origin and Etymology of cusk
probably alteration of tusk, a kind of codfish
First Known Use: 1616See Words from the same year
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