Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various chiefly North American freshwater food fishes of the genus Coregonus, having a generally white or silvery color.
  • n. Any of various similar or related fishes, such as the lake herring, whiting, or menhaden.
  • n. See beluga.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of many fish.
  • n. The beluga (both the sturgeon and the whale)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several species of Coregonus, a genus of excellent food fishes allied to the salmons. They inhabit the lakes of the colder parts of North America, Asia, and Europe. The largest and most important American species (Coregonus clupeiformis) is abundant in the Great Lakes, and in other lakes farther north. Called also lake whitefish, and Oswego bass.
  • n. The menhaden.
  • n. The beluga, or white whale.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A general name of fishes and other aquatic animals which are white, or nearly so: variously applied.

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

  • n. any market fish--edible saltwater fish or shellfish--except herring
  • n. flesh of salmon-like or trout-like cold-water fish of cold lakes of the northern hemisphere
  • n. silvery herring-like freshwater food fish of cold lakes of the northern hemisphere

Etymologies

white +‎ fish (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • (In truth, lake whitefish is more appealing as an idea than as a reality, because of its sometimes mushy texture, although it does have a hearty, arctic char-like flavor.)

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  • Lake varieties of Pacific salmon occur, whitefish, trout, including the splendid red throat, the sluggish Dolly Varden, the handsome rainbow, and fine grayling, one of which is really a Rocky Mountain whitefish of good game qualities, though called grayling.

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  • Other types of widely distributed fish, such as whitefish and Arctic char, are less likely to be affected unless new competing species arrive from southerly regions.

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  • There are no "whitefish" in Lake Chapala, only poisonous, bottom sucking carp.

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  • There was shrimp (2), clams, some kind of whitefish, salmon, and some other things I can't name.

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  • But that's a whale compared to the usual pygmy whitefish which is just a couple of ounces.

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  • The _Otsego Farmer_ in 1915 summed up the matter thus: "Otsego bass is not what is ordinarily termed whitefish, but is probably a species of the same family.

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  • On Washington Avenue, where clubs now pulse till dawn, stores used to sell whitefish and five-and-dime notions to gray-haired ladies like Mrs. Wallach.

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