green·​ling | \ˈgrēn-liŋ \

Definition of greenling 

: any of several bony fishes (family Hexagrammidae) of the rocky coasts of the northern Pacific especially : a common food and sport fish (Hexagrammos decagrammus)

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Shore fishing was very good for surfperch along sandy beaches and for kelp greenling, rockfish and cabezon in the rockier spots such as Old Mill. sacbee, "Fishing Line: Week of March 19 | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Mar. 2018 Local shore fishing was exceptionally good for kelp greenling, rockfish, cabezon and an occasional lingcod. sacbee, "Fishing Line: Week of March 19 | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Mar. 2018 On rougher days, Noyo Jetty and Dog Park were good for smaller fish and Old Mill (especially near the Dynamite Shack) was good for rockfish, kelp greenling, cabezon and lingcod. sacbee, "Fishing line: Striper action takes off near Colusa and on Feather River | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Apr. 2018 Stormy weather and big swells restricted shore anglers to Noyo Jetty for crabs, kelp greenling and rockfish or to Dog Park for surf perch. sacbee, "Fishing line: Steelhead action improves on American River | The Sacramento Bee," 29 Jan. 2018 Jetty fishing on both jetties was good for cabezon, kelp greenling and rockfish. sacbee, "Fishing line: Trout plants continue at Lake Amador | The Sacramento Bee," 15 Jan. 2018 Both the North and South jetties produced good catches of cabezon, lingcod, kelp greenling, rockfish and perch. sacbee, "Fishing line: Trout action improves near Folsom Dam," 9 Jan. 2018 Jetty fishing was good for rockfish and kelp greenling, but access was limited by large swells. sacbee, "Fishing line: Salmon still steady on Sacramento-Delta | The Sacramento Bee," 24 Oct. 2017 Shore anglers got kelp greenling and cabezon at Jughandle State Park and Noyo Park on more comfortable days. sacbee, "Salmon finally show up on American River | The Sacramento Bee," 10 Oct. 2017

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circa 1898, in the meaning defined above

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