pol·​lack | \ ˈpä-lək How to pronounce pollack (audio) \
variants: or pollock
plural pollack or pollock

Definition of pollack

1 : a commercially important North Atlantic food fish (Pollachius virens) related to and resembling the cods but darker
2 : a commercially important northern Pacific food fish (Theragra chalcogramma) of the cod family that closely resembles the pollack

called also walleye pollack

Examples of pollack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alaskan pollack, homemade perogies and eggplant lasagna. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 9 Mar. 2021 The fish fry in a light beer batter is pollack, which has that cod sweetness; the perch on the menu is yellow perch. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of pollack

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pollack

Middle English poullok, perhaps from Scottish Gaelic pollag or Irish pollóg

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“Pollack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollack. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for pollack


variants: or pollock \ ˈpä-​lək \
plural pollack or pollock

Kids Definition of pollack

: either of two fishes of the northern Atlantic Ocean and the northern Pacific Ocean that are related to the cod and are often used for food

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