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

Examples of haddock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When cod is unavailable, substitute haddock, hake, cusk, tilapia, pollock, striped bass, or white sea bass. Julia Dowling Rutland, Southern Living, 12 July 2023 Use the olive sauce with other local fish, such as hake, haddock, swordfish, bluefish, or mackerel. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2023 Opening in 1914, the wharf was once a bustling, one-stop-shop for seafarers to dock their vessels, unload their daily catch, and hawk their cod and haddock at the adjacent auction house. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 8 June 2023 But fewer haddock will be caught in New England this year after regulators cut fishing quotas. Patrick Whittle, Chicago Tribune, 16 May 2023 During summer months, folks gather daily to watch fishing boats unload their catch of haddock, cod, flounder, bluefin tuna, and shellfish. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2023 Some countries that export haddock are also cutting quotas this year. Patrick Whittle, Fortune, 16 May 2023 Try appetizers, like escargot a la Provencal, pork dumplings and venison cigar rolls with maple horseradish aioli, and entrees such as the Thai haddock with coconut curry sauce, brie and bacon chicken, or a classic bistro steak. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, 4 May 2023 As everyone knows, real weather means icy wind and icy rain; real food is cod and haddock and lamb; real landscape is a run of bare, treeless slopes rising toward bare, snowy slopes; real history traces the annals of a flinty island folk surmounting a chain of perils. Brad Leithauser, WSJ, 28 May 2021 See More

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Word History


Middle English haddok

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of haddock was in the 14th century

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“Haddock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haddock. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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had·​dock ˈhad-ək How to pronounce haddock (audio)
plural haddock also haddocks
: an important food fish of the Atlantic that is usually smaller than the related common cod

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