walleye

noun wall·eye \ ˈwȯl-ˌī \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of walleye

1 a : an eye with a whitish or bluish-white iris
b : an eye with an opaque white cornea
2 a : 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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Origin and Etymology of walleye

back-formation from walleyed


WALLEYE Defined for English Language Learners

walleye

noun

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

walleye

noun wall·eye \ ˈwȯl-ˌī \

Definition of walleye for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

walleye

noun wall·eye \ ˈwȯ-ˌlī \

medical Definition of walleye

1 a : an eye with a bluish white iris
b : an eye with an opaque white cornea
2 a : strabismus in which the eye turns outward away from the nose called also exotropia; compare cross-eye 1
b walleyes play \-ˌlīz\ plural : eyes affected with divergent strabismus


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