white·​fish ˈ(h)wīt-ˌfish How to pronounce whitefish (audio)
: any of various freshwater salmonid food fishes (especially of genera Coregonus and Prosopium) that resemble the salmon and trout in having an adipose dorsal fin but have a smaller, often toothless mouth and that inhabit cold lakes and streams of the northern hemisphere see cisco
: any of various fishes (such as a menhaden or a whiting) resembling the true whitefishes
British : any of various market fishes with white flesh that is not oily
: the flesh of a whitefish especially as an article of food

Examples of whitefish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The all-natural recipe is made with nutrient-rich foods like whitefish and flaxseed, which are great sources of omega fatty acids, along with blueberries, raspberries, and chicory root. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 21 June 2022 How to catch them: Mountain whitefish are a native Idaho game fish with silvery sides, white bellies and pudgy noses. Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Stalwarts such as the whitefish salad and potatoes take on slightly new forms. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec. 2023 Chicken breast is great, but so are chicken thighs, tofu, salmon, pork, shellfish, whitefish, lamb, tempeh, and much more. Paul Kita, Men's Health, 31 July 2023 Popular catch are the common whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus), the common roach (Rutilus rutilus, known locally as gardon), the zander (Sander lucioperca) and the European perch. Vittoria Traverso, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Nov. 2023 And while Brian and Claire do declare that salmon has always been their number one, Chris and Shilpa offer two very convincing cases for why cod, or any other similar flaky whitefish, could change that: Brothy Mustard-Coconut Fish and Cod With Scallion Sesame Butter. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 28 Sep. 2023 Corn is a staple item on the menu here, used not just for tortillas but also as part of grain bowls rich with squash, beans, wild greens, and a choice of bison, whitefish, or turkey. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Sep. 2023 Treat it like any other whitefish: broil it, roast it, grill it, pan-sear it. Paul Kita, Men's Health, 29 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of whitefish was in the 15th century

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white·​fish ˈhwīt-ˌfish How to pronounce whitefish (audio)
: any of various freshwater food fishes related to the salmons and trouts and mostly greenish above and silvery white below

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