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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of small Arctic fishes. One American species, the capelin (Mallotus villosus), is extensively used as bait for cod.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of plants of the natural order Euphorbiaceæ, tribe Crotonæ, and subtribe Acalypheæ, characterized by the oblong parallel anther-cells and the numerous (rarely less than fifteen) stamens.
  • n. In ichthyology (Cuvier, 1829), a genus of fishes of the family Argentinidæ, formerly placed in Salmonidæ, of which the male has a broad longitudinal villous or fleecy band of scales differentiated from the rest: the caplins. The type is Mallotus villosus, the caplin. See cut under caplin.

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

  • n. capelins

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