\ ˈkəsk How to pronounce cusk (audio) \
plural cusk or cusks

Definition of cusk

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

Examples of cusk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nicknamed in various parts of North America as ling, lawyer, cusk or mud shark — the once-lowly burbot is being elevated in Minnesota from unprotected rough fish to game fish. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Harvest season possible for eelpout, a fish on the rise," 14 Jan. 2021 In 2016, Eric Parmentier, Dr. Bolgan’s supervisor at the University of Liege, recorded cusk-eels growling in fiberglass tanks after sunset. Sabrina Imbler, New York Times, "Could Listening to the Deep Sea Help Save It?," 10 Nov. 2020 When cod is unavailable, substitute haddock, hake, cusk, tilapia, pollock, striped bass, or white sea bass. Julia Rutland, Southern Living, "6 Common Types of Cod You'll Find at the Store," 30 June 2020 Nautilus explorers stumbled upon a group of bone-eating worms, cusk eels, and octopi feasting on the skeleton of a baleen whale on the ocean floor near the coast of central California. Kelli Bender,, "Deep Sea Exploration Uncovers Spooky Sight of Octopus Squad Devouring Whale," 17 Oct. 2019 Part 5 will be an auditory treat featuring the mysterious sounds of the sea, from grunting haddock to singing cusk eels. Amanda Paulson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Message in a bottle: Forensics meets marine science with eDNA," 15 Aug. 2019 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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27 Jan 2021

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