milkfish

noun

milk·​fish ˈmilk-ˌfish How to pronounce milkfish (audio)
: a large fork-tailed silvery herbivorous food fish (Chanos chanos) of warm parts of the Pacific and Indian oceans that is the sole living representative of its family (Chanidae)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On a recent visit, daing na bangus — whole fried milkfish, butterflied and divested of bones, with a short tail still attached — arrived bronzed and near monumental, larger than other specimens around town. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 31 May 2018 For another staple, daing na bangus, milkfish is relieved of its bones, splayed and soaked in vinegar overnight for tenderness, then crisped in a pan. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of milkfish was circa 1890

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“Milkfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/milkfish. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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