whitefish

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

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Currently, mackerel, silverfish, sardines and whitefish are some of the offerings. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "How Oona Tempest broke gender barriers to become one of America's top sushi chefs," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of whitefish

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

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“Whitefish.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whitefish. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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whitefish

noun
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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