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

Examples of walleye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Minnesota-South Dakota border lake has a solid walleye bite, especially in depths of 7 to 11 feet in daytime hours. Star Tribune, 3 June 2021 Garbacz faces two charges of over limit possessions, one for perch and one for walleye. Kyle Davidson, Detroit Free Press, 22 May 2021 That targets actively feeding walleye swimming close to the surface of Lake Erie, and six-fish limits have been common. cleveland, 27 May 2021 Anglers on Lake Bemidji and Cass Lake have been enjoying solid walleye action. Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 Wilson State Park has beautiful sandstone bluffs and its own reservoir, which has excellent fishing (with bass and walleye), kayaking, swimming, and paddle boarding. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 24 May 2021 South Dakota similarly trumpets its pheasant hunting, walleye fishing, and even more flagrant tourist pit stops, like Wall Drug and the Mitchell Corn Palace. New York Times, 2 May 2021 Most walleye anglers select a 32 to 36 inch rod when ice fishing. Field & Stream, 26 Feb. 2021 Possibly the odor of night crawlers, leeches and fatheads that attends walleye fishing ensures adherent immunity. Star Tribune, 8 May 2021

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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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17 Jun 2021

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“Walleye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walleye. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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 walleye (audio) \ plural : eyes affected with divergent strabismus

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