tom·​cod | \ ˈtäm-ˌkäd How to pronounce tomcod (audio) \

Definition of tomcod

: either of two small fishes (Microgadus tomcod of the northwestern Atlantic and M. proximus of the northeastern Pacific) of the cod family

Examples of tomcod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The focus is on three species – tomcod, American eel, and American lobster – in the Bay of Fundy and, in the north of the province, the saltwater Bras D’Or Lake. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Dec. 2020 The team is conducting work on punamu, or Atlantic tomcod, a fish that is culturally important to the Mi’kmaq. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Dec. 2020 But from a practical angling perspective, tomcod, like smelt, belong to the past. Capt. John Mcmurray, Field & Stream, 10 Feb. 2020 December is a time to hunt reindeer and fish for tomcod, according to village elders Alice Fitka and Virginia Washington. Loren Holmes, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Dec. 2017

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1722, in the meaning defined above

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“Tomcod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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