pol·​lack ˈpä-lək How to pronounce pollack (audio)
variants or pollock
plural pollack or pollock
: a commercially important North Atlantic food fish (Pollachius virens) related to and resembling the cods but darker
: a commercially important northern Pacific food fish (Theragra chalcogramma) of the cod family that closely resembles the pollack

called also walleye pollack

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Benedict over plump asparagus; a soup packed with salmon, mussels, and pollack, drizzled with oil, and infused with spinach and leek; and a lemon-and-almond cake held together with thick slabs of buttercream. Peter Terzian, Travel + Leisure, 5 Mar. 2023 Beer battered Alaskan pollack served with French fries or baked potato, coleslaw, bread and butter and tartar sauce. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 20 Feb. 2021 Alaskan pollack, homemade perogies and eggplant lasagna. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 9 Mar. 2021 The fish fry in a light beer batter is pollack, which has that cod sweetness; the perch on the menu is yellow perch. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Feb. 2020

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Word History


Middle English poullok, perhaps from Scottish Gaelic pollag or Irish pollóg

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pollack was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pollack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollack. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants or pollock
plural pollack or pollock
: an important food fish of the northern Atlantic that resembles the related cods but is darker
: an important food fish of the northern Pacific that is related to and resembles the pollack of the northern Atlantic

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