Definition of walleye
1a : an eye with a whitish or bluish-white irisb : an eye with an opaque white cornea
2a : strabismus in which the eye turns outward away from the noseb : 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
Recent Examples of walleye from the Web
Outlook: Coffey County reports: Smallmouth bass excellent; white bass and largemouth bass good; crappies, drum, walleye and channel catfish fair to good.
For anglers plying the upper Niagara and Lake Erie, the predominant sportfish are smallmouth bass, walleye and muskellunge.
There's a whopper of a walleye bite occurring in the gorge, with anglers reporting heavy catches of one-to-three pounders.
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Origin and Etymology of walleye
back-formation from walleyed
First Known Use: 1523See Words from the same year
WALLEYE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of walleye for English Language Learners
: a large North American fish that lives in fresh water and that has large eyes
WALLEYE Defined for Kids
Definition of walleye for Students
: a large North American freshwater fish that has large glassy eyes and is caught for food and sport
Medical Definition of walleye
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