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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several species of fish of medium gray to black color.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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. The tautog of New England (Tautoga).
  • n. The black sea bass (Centropristis atrarius) of the Atlantic coast. It is excellent food fish; -- locally called also black Harry.
  • n. A fish of southern Europe (Centrolophus pompilus) of the Mackerel family.
  • n. The female salmon in the spawning season.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name of several fishes.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

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