American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several black or dark-colored fishes, especially the pollock or sablefish.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gadoid fish, Pollachius virens or carbonarius, named from the color of its back. It grows to the length of 2 or 3 feet, and weighs from 10 to 30 pounds. It is found in great numbers about the Orkney islands and the northern parts of Great Britain. The fish and its fry are known by a great variety of local names. In the United States generally called
- n. A fish, Anoplopoma fimbria, of the family Anoplopomatidæ, found in the North Pacific.
- n. The pollack, Pollachius virens.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The pollock; -- called also,
coalsey, colemie, colmey, coal whiting, etc. See pollock.
- n. The beshow or candlefish of Alaska.
- n. The cobia.
“At one luncheon buffet, I counted 14 varieties, including lox, tuna salad, smoked mackerel, salmon with peppers, smoked Greenland halibut, coalfish with asparagus and several shellfish salads.”
“Folk living fair at the edge of the sea might occasionally bring home a string of haddock and coalfish, enough for a single boiling, but with none left over for the following day.”
“The christmas cookies for the tropical fishes, turtles and sharks are made of coalfish instead of pastry.”
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