Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A large tuna (Thunnus alalunga) of tropical to temperate seas that is commercially important as a source of canned fish.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A name given to several fishes of the tunny or mackerel kind, specifically to the germon or long-finned tunny, Orcynus germo or O. alalonga. See Orcynus and tunny.
  • noun The Lichia glauca, a fish of the family Carangidæ. Also written albicore.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A name applied to several large fishes of the Mackerel family (Scombridae), esp. Thunnus alalunga (formerly Orcynus alalonga); it is a type of tuna or tunny. The name has been also applied to a larger related species, Thunnus thynnus (formerly Orcynus thynnus), common in the Mediterranean and Atlantic, which is called in New England the horse mackerel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A large marine fish Thunnus alalunga of warm seas, having edible flesh.

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

  • noun large pelagic tuna the source of most canned tuna; reaches 93 pounds and has long pectoral fins; found worldwide in tropical and temperate waters
  • noun relatively small tuna with choice white flesh; major source of canned tuna

Etymologies

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

[Portuguese albacor, from Arabic al-bakūra : al-, the + bakūra, albacore; see bkr in Semitic roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Portuguese albacor, from Arabic البكورة (al-bakūra, "the young camels").

Examples

  • But the really great thing about the albacore is that unlike some of the larger, more popular tunas, this is sustainable.

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  • Little William and Lalee alone examined the two beautiful creatures thus brought within their reach; while Snowball and the sailor, rapidly readjusting the baits upon their hooks, that had been slightly disarranged by the teeth of the _tunnies_, -- for the albacore is a species of tunny fish, -- once more flung them forth.

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  • Buy light tuna, not albacore, which is more polluted.

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  • Arctic char, farmed oysters, sablefish (aka black cod), wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, farmed trout and West Coast albacore tuna are some of the choices that are safe to eat and safe for the environment.

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  • Fuller, formerly head chef at The Dahlia Lounge, particularly impressed the judges with “olive-oil-poached albacore tuna with smoked king clampanzanella, arugula and avocado.”

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  • Trade in trans and saturated fats for heart-healthy monounsaturated fats from olive, canola or peanut oil, nuts, seeds and avocados, and increase your intake of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats from fatty fish salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines and albacore tuna or fish oil capsules if you're not a fish eater.

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  • So a can of albacore tuna in water is now unhealthy?

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  • The agency warns, however, that pregnant and breast-feeding women shouldn't eat swordfish, tilefish, shark, or king mackerel and should limit consumption of white, albacore tuna, a commonly canned variety.

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  • “So a can of albacore tuna in water is now unhealthy?”

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  • One of the humblest dishes has stayed with me the most, a salad of albacore tuna, roasted beets, and green olives, with bursts of flavor from leaves of lemon basil.

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