American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various dark-colored fishes, such as:
- n. A small edible freshwater fish (Dallia pectoralis) that inhabits streams and ponds of Alaska and Siberia and is noted for its ability to withstand freezing.
- n. See tautog.
- n. See pilot whale.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name of several fishes. A local English name of the female salmon about the time of spawning.
- n. A name of several delphinoid cetaceans, especially of the genus Globicephalus. Also called black–whale.
- n. In Australia: A sea-fish, Incisidens simplex.
- n. A sea-fish, Girella tricuspidata.
- n. A fresh-water fish, Gadopsis marmoratus.
- n. Any of several species of fish of medium gray to black color.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A small kind of whale, of the genus Globicephalus, of several species. The most common is Globicephalus melas. Also sometimes applied to other whales of larger size.
- n. (Zoöl.) The tautog of New England (Tautoga).
- n. (Zoöl.) The black sea bass (Centropristis atrarius) of the Atlantic coast. It is excellent food fish; -- locally called also
- n. (Zoöl.) A fish of southern Europe (Centrolophus pompilus) of the Mackerel family.
- n. (Zoöl.) The female salmon in the spawning season.
- n. large dark-colored food fish of the Atlantic coast of North America
- n. small dark-colored whale of the Atlantic coast of the United States; the largest male acts as pilot or leader for the school
- n. female salmon that has recently spawned
“Photographer AJ Wilhelm and I have been chasing local and sustainable food - anything with fins, scales and gills -- wherever we could: we fished for bluefish off Orchard Beach in the Bronx, striped bass in the Verazzano Narrows, blackfish from the bottom of the New York Bight and everything that swims in Jamaica Bay.”
“On occasion, when a school of blackfish disported by, each one of them a whale of respectable size, Nishikanta would be beside himself in the ecstasy of inflicting pain.”
“He told me he said that (the blackfish comment) because if I was going to start catching bigger fish than him and telling bigger fish stories than him, he was going to have to treat me like a man instead of a boy.”
“We get home and I proceed to tell everyone about the one that got away and Granddaddy says, "aw pshaw, you just hooked a big blackfish, that's all".”
“Last Wednesday night, Kerry Heffernan, head chef for Central Park's South Gate Restaurant, prepared a delectable feast based on four exotic invasive varieties of seafood: green crab known to most fisherfolk as bait for blackfish, Asian carp, lionfish and blue tilapia.”
“But if he did, he theoretically could have taken a stroll in the local park, stopped off at the base for dialysis treatment, played a round of golf, then ended the day with some steamed mussels and grilled blackfish.”
“When I lived on Long Island Sound I was a huge fan of the invasive Asian Crab ... they made for superb tog (blackfish) bait.”
“It's to make it easier to set out blackfish traps and clean the boat.”
“Powers finds 24 blackfish in the livewell, one under the legal limit.”
“A few days after the blackfish bust, Powers and Thomas are on dry land, on a hot and sunny midday in Manhattan.”
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