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 Fly-fishing fans will find mountain creeks, streams, and rivers teeming with trout (brook, brown, and rainbow), while those who prefer fishing the still waters of lakes and ponds might snag a largemouth bass, whitefish, or catfish. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 31 May 2022 In winter months, try your hand at ice fishing for whitefish and lake trout. Outside Online, 30 Sep. 2021 At dinner our guide, a Texan named Shane Walston who has paddled in Oman and Belize, cooks us flaky whitefish over a fire. Stephanie Pearson, Outside Online, 23 May 2017 Based on the observed number of walleyes in the nets, the agency projects about 13,000 walleyes would be caught by commercial fishermen targeting whitefish in Green Bay in 2021 and about 1,300 of the walleyes would die. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Dec. 2021 High-volume whitefish (pollock, cod), mostly harvested at that region and Kodiak, account for roughly 80% of harvest volume and nearly half of Alaska’s dockside value. Laine Welch | Fish Factor, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Jan. 2022 For whitefish, Wild Alaska Cracked Pepper Pollock Jerky by Neptune Snacks scored the win, followed by Trident’s Food Truck Inspired Pollock Dill Pickle and Alaskan Leader’s Alaska Black Cod in Japanese Miso Marinade. Laine Welch | Fish Factor, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Feb. 2022 Lakes with winter spawning whitefish and a viable lake trout population may get lively for several weeks in late December. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Feb. 2022 Over pretzel buns and brats people will try their hand at catching whitefish. Adam Morganstern, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 27 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for whitefish


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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