milk·​fish | \ ˈmilk-ˌfish How to pronounce milkfish (audio) \

Definition of milkfish

: 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)

Examples of milkfish in a Sentence

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'milkfish.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of milkfish

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About milkfish

Time Traveler for milkfish

Time Traveler

The first known use of milkfish was circa 1890

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near milkfish

milk fever


milk float

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for milkfish

Cite this Entry

“Milkfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on milkfish Encyclopedia article about milkfish


Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!