American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Either of two edible marine fishes, Microgadus tomcod of North American Atlantic waters or M. proximus of northern Pacific waters, related to and resembling the cod.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The frost-fish, Microgadus tomcodus (see cut under Microgadus); also, loosely, one of several small fishes like or mistaken for this one. Also tommy-cod.
- n. The jack-fish or rock-fish, a scorpænoid fish Sebastodes paucispinis.
- n. The kingfish, Menticirrus nebulosus. See cut under kingfish.
- n. A species of edible cod found in the Atlantic, Microgadus tomcod.
- n. Microgradus proximus, found in the Pacific.
- n. The kingfish.
- n. The jack (a fish).
GNU Webster's 1913
- French tacaud?, probably influenced by Tom, tom (Wiktionary)
“And so it turned out, for in a day's fishing over at Sausalito Tom caught many silver smelt and tomcod, with flat, ugly flounders, and a red, big-eyed rock-cod.”
“There's a path down and we must find it, if it's nothing more than to find a safe spot by the sea where we can fish for smelt, tomcod and flounders.”
“He hated Blaine, and he had reason to; for Blaine had, during his short career as prime minister, evinced a strong disposition to clutch all Canadians who were caught fishing for tomcod in American waters.”
“He pointed to the devoted band of Smyrna fire-fighters, who were joyously gathering in with varying luck a supply of tomcod and haddock to furnish the larder inshore.”
“He and the other boys were very fond of fishing, and spent many of their leisure hours on the margin of the mill-pond, catching flounders, perch, eels, and tomcod, which came up thither with the tide.”
“These "toxic avengers" of the aquatic world - tomcod, which look like regular cod but are smaller - live in the Hudson and nearby rivers.”
“A mature Atlantic tomcod collected from the Hudson River.”
“These tomcod evolved to handle excessive amounts of industrial pollutants, like PCBs and dioxin, in the water.”
“That variant, he said, is found in about 95 percent of the tomcod in the Hudson.”
“Because the tomcod is resistant to the toxic effects of PCBs they are able to accumulate the industrial chemical in larger amounts than nonresistant creatures without becoming ill or dying, explained Wirgin.”
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