Definitions

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

  • n. A large, thick-backed cisco (Coregonus artedi or Leucichthys artedi) of the Great Lakes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A whitefish (Coregonus tullibee) found in the Great Lakes of North America.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A whitefish (Coregonus tullibee) found in the Great Lakes of North America; -- called also mongrel whitefish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The mongrel whitefish, Coregonus tullibee, of the Great Lakes.

Etymologies

Canadian French toulibi, from Ojibwa dialectal *oto·lipi·.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps from a Cree or Ojibwe term *otonabi ("water mouth"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Last winter provided one of the best tullibee bites in several years, and that should continue this season.

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  • It's also worth mentioning the tullibee-catching opportunities on the lake.

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  • According to Thurmer, there was no major die-off of tullibee this summer, which often happens when the water warms.

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  • A species of whitefish, Coregonus tullibee, found in the Great Lakes of North America (from Cree and Odjibway too-nie-bee).

    August 9, 2008