whitefish

noun white·fish \ ˈhwīt-ˌfish , ˈwīt- \

Definition of whitefish

1 a : 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

First Known Use of whitefish

15th century


WHITEFISH Defined for Kids

whitefish

noun white·fish \ ˈhwīt-ˌfish , ˈwīt- \

Definition of whitefish for Students

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


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