white·​fish | \ ˈ(h)wīt-ˌfish How to pronounce whitefish (audio) \

Definition of whitefish

1a : 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
b : any of various fishes (such as a menhaden or a whiting) resembling the true whitefishes
c British : any of various market fishes with white flesh that is not oily
2 : the flesh of a whitefish especially as an article of food

Examples of whitefish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flounder Grenobloise—a French recipe for a brown butter-caper sauce with lemon—sounds fancy, but it’s the quickest (20 minutes start to finish), most delicious way to cook delicate whitefish. Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, "January 2021 Better Homes & Gardens Recipes," 14 Dec. 2020 Lake trout, whitefish, and chub populations began collapsing by the 1940s and 1950s. Jason Treat, Magazine, "The disrupted food web," 17 Nov. 2020 Alaska pollock – just wrapped up in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska until January 20, producing over three billion pounds of the popular whitefish. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage startup aims to get more seafood into the mouths of babies," 23 Nov. 2020 Menu entrees include fresh grouper, Chilean sea bass and whitefish. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Newly opened seafood joint in Wyandotte pivots to carry out," 20 Nov. 2020 Whitefish tend to spawn in these areas, and the walleye come in to chase the whitefish. Andrew Pegman, Field & Stream, "How to Icefish for Giant Walleye, Lake Trout, and Perch," 27 Oct. 2020 In terms of forage, lake trout eat cicso, whitefish, and yellow perch. Andrew Pegman, Field & Stream, "How to Icefish for Giant Walleye, Lake Trout, and Perch," 27 Oct. 2020 Food pairings: Fish, whitefish and shellfish mostly. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Chardonnay wine guide: What’s it about? Flavors, facts, history, prices – 34 wines tasted," 27 Sep. 2020 In Croatia, fishing boats bob listlessly at the docks while 80 percent of the country's whitefish remains unsold. Tristram Korten, Smithsonian Magazine, "With Boats Stuck in Harbor Because of COVID-19, Will Fish Bounce Back?," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of whitefish

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

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“Whitefish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whitefish. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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white·​fish | \ ˈhwīt-ˌfish How to pronounce whitefish (audio) , ˈwīt- \

Kids Definition of whitefish

: a freshwater fish related to the trout that is greenish above and silvery below and is sometimes used for food

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