had·​dock | \ ˈha-dək How to pronounce haddock (audio) \
plural haddock also haddocks

Definition of haddock

: an important food fish (Melanogrammus aeglefinus synonym Gadus aeglefinus) of the cod family occurring on both sides of the North Atlantic that has a black lateral line and dark patch above the pectoral fin

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Recent Examples on the Web Finnan haddie, a cold-smoked haddock, gave the dish surprising depth. Chantal Martineau, Bon Appétit, "Beauty and Brine: Prince Edward Island Is an Oyster-Lover’s Paradise," 7 Nov. 2019 Part 5 will be an auditory treat featuring the mysterious sounds of the sea, from grunting haddock to singing cusk eels. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "NASA eyes the ocean: How the deep sea could unlock outer space," 23 Aug. 2019 The roughly two dozen product categories that escaped tariffs included frozen cod, salmon and haddock, which are often harvested in Alaska and sent to China for processing into fillets and nuggets that are sold in grocery stores and restaurants. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, "Bibles but Not Textbooks: Trump’s Tariff Exemptions Pick Winners and Losers," 22 Aug. 2019 The North Sea, with large commercial fisheries for species like Atlantic cod, haddock and herring, has experienced a 35% loss in sustainable catch potential since 1930. Chris Free, The Conversation, "Ocean warming has fisheries on the move, helping some but hurting more," 19 Aug. 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, "No light, no problem: The improbable wonders of deep-sea coral," 2 Aug. 2019 We’re talking cod, haddock, hake, pollock, and halibut. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appétit, "Can You Actually Swap Fish In a Recipe?," 1 Aug. 2019 The chowder was generous with clams, as well as lobster, mussels and smoked haddock. Danica Farley, Orange County Register, "A whale of a time in Nantucket," 17 July 2019 Unlike the grunting cod, haddock produce an insistent knocking sound that can go on for hours. Elizabeth Preston, Science | AAAS, "A growing sensory smog threatens the ability of fish to communicate, navigate, and survive," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of haddock

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for haddock

Middle English haddok

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“Haddock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haddock. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of haddock

: a fish that lives in the Atlantic Ocean and that is often eaten as food


had·​dock | \ ˈha-dək How to pronounce haddock (audio) \
plural haddock or haddocks

Kids Definition of haddock

: a fish of the northern Atlantic Ocean that is related to the cod and is often used for food

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