wall·​eye | \ ˈwȯl-ˌī How to pronounce walleye (audio) \

Definition of walleye

1a : an eye with a whitish or bluish-white iris
b : an eye with an opaque white cornea
2a : strabismus in which the eye turns outward away from the nose
b : an eye affected with strabismus of this type
3 : a large vigorous North American freshwater food and sport fish (Stizostedion vitreum) that has large opaque eyes and is related to the perches but resembles the true pike

called also walleyed pike

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Researchers found high concentrations of Pacific cod and walleye pollock in the northern Bering Sea. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists," 16 Apr. 2019 Smallmouth, channel catfish, and walleye have been the most productive. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Fishing report: With summer settling in, morning bite is best most places," 27 June 2018 The antenna picked up signals from the radio transmitters Weeks implanted in muskies and walleyes in the Manitowish Chain of Lakes in Vilas County. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin’s Musky Whisperer spills his secret: Thinking like a scientist," 3 July 2018 The menu features walleye, sole, baked salmon, shrimp, combo dinners with two sides, complimentary dessert and coffee, tea or lemonade. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "West Park Kiwanis host spaghetti dinner, Ward 17 Dems to hear Dennis Kucinich: A Place in the Sun," 6 Feb. 2018 Anchoring up on old foundations seems to be working well for a mixed bag of walleye, crappie and white bass. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Heat has slowed action on some lakes, but not all," 13 June 2018 About 90% of walleyes taken by the tribes in spring are male, according to DNR reports. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: A decrease in walleye spearing declarations follows a year of record numbers," 25 Apr. 2018 Be sure to bring a landing net when hunting walleye. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "You know about perch, bass. But you also should try catching walleye, tiger trout. | Idaho Statesman," 19 Mar. 2018 The Sandusky and Maumee western walleye rivers are both high and muddy. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Fishing Report for April 20: Fish biting again despite dingy waters," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of walleye

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for walleye

back-formation from walleyed

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English Language Learners Definition of walleye

: a large North American fish that lives in fresh water and that has large eyes


wall·​eye | \ ˈwȯl-ˌī How to pronounce walleye (audio) \

Kids Definition of walleye

: a large North American freshwater fish that has large glassy eyes and is caught for food and sport


wall·​eye | \ ˈwȯ-ˌlī How to pronounce walleye (audio) \

Medical Definition of walleye

1a : an eye with a bluish white iris
b : an eye with an opaque white cornea
2a : strabismus in which the eye turns outward away from the nose

called also exotropia

— compare cross-eye sense 1
b walleyes\ -​ˌlīz How to pronounce walleyes (audio)\ plural : eyes affected with divergent strabismus

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