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 They are also known for their Friday fish fry (which is served all day) which is Lake Superior whitefish served up with coleslaw, fries and tartar sauce. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 By the 1800s, commercial fishermen pulled millions upon millions of pounds of whitefish, herring, lake trout and perch annually from the bay. jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Guidance also was relaxed for some Lake Michigan fish, including whitefish and rainbow trout. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2021 Teenage boys, baskets in hand, would tread and hop on the floating ice, picking up pike, whitefish, carp, baby sturgeon, and catfish killed by the ice blocks that had been washed down by spring torrents. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 16 Aug. 2021 All fish boils involve cooking Lake Michigan whitefish in a massive kettle over an open flame outside, sometimes with potatoes, onions, corn or carrots. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 July 2021 An old-school appetizing case parked near the register beckons with plates of whitefish, salmon, egg and housemade chicken salad with pecans and cranberries. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, 3 Aug. 2021 Until 2016, Ephraim's spot for fish boils, the Old Post Office Restaurant, could only serve non-alcoholic beverages to go with its whitefish. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 May 2021 Wood will also have fresh walleye, whitefish, salads, shrimp cocktail and appetizers. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 8 July 2021

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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 24 Sep. 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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