from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fish, such as a cod or haddock, cured by being split and air-dried without salt.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A cod (or similar fish) having been cut open and cured in the open air without salt.
- n. The South African hake.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Salted and dried fish, especially codfish, hake, ling, and torsk; also, codfish dried without being salted.
- n. Young fresh cod.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Certain gadoid fish which are cured by splitting and drying hard without salt, as cod, ling, hake, haddock, torsk, or cusk.
- n. In fish-culture, fish adapted or used for stocking rivers, ponds, lakes, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fish cured by being split and air-dried without salt
Middle English stokfish, translation of Middle Dutch stocvisch : stoc, tree limb (perhaps from its being dried on wooden racks) + vische, fish.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle Low German / Middle Dutch stokvisch ("stick fish"), since the fish were dried in the wind on wooden frames, as still happens today in Lofoten, Norway. (Wiktionary)
From Afrikaans, from Dutch stokvis. (Wiktionary)