Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several North American fishes, especially the tamcod, that appear during the fall frost season.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The tomcod (so called because it is abundant on the New England coast in autumn at about the commencement of frost).
  • n. The smelt.
  • n. The scabbardfish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The tomcod; -- so called because it is abundant on the New England coast in autumn at about the commencement of frost. See tomcod.
  • n. The smelt.
  • n. A name applied in New Zealand to the scabbard fish (Lepidotus) valued as a food fish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The tomcod, Microgadus tomcodus: so called from its appearance in the fall, as frost sets in. See cut under Microgadus.
  • n. The scabbard-fish, Lepidopus argenteus.

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

  • n. long-bodied marine fishes having a long whiplike scaleless body and sharp teeth; closely related to snake mackerel

Etymologies

frost +‎ fish (Wiktionary)

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