Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The lake-herring, Argyrosomus artedi, of the Great Lakes.
  • noun A banknote of the Confederate States. Compare greenback.
  • noun A local English name (current in Yorkshire) of the coal-fish, in allusion to the bluish color of the back.
  • noun The blue-backed salmon or nerka, Oncorhynchus nerka, known in Idaho as the red-fish.
  • noun In Maryland and Virginia, the glut-herring; a herring-like fish, Clupea æstivalis, without vomerine or palatine teeth, with the lower jaw projecting but little, and the peritoneum blackish. It is much like the alewife, but of less value.
  • noun A local name in Maine of the blue-backed trout, Salvelinus oquassa.

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

  • noun A trout (Salmo oquassa) inhabiting some of the lakes of Maine.
  • noun A salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) of the Columbia River and northward.
  • noun An American river herring (Clupea æstivalis), closely allied to the alewife.

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

  • noun Any of several unrelated American fish

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Examples

  • And put his clothes on in the blueback cold, then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze.

    Lance Mannion:

  • As the sun starts getting low use the blueback/light belly - throw toward shore, rocks. and cover -- at dusk use silver or crome --- darkness use BLACK throw to the same spots - also pick coves or flats where the water is shallow.

    night fishing

  • And put his clothes on in the blueback cold, then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze.

    Happiness Shmappiness

  • None of these small fish species -- menhaden, alewives and blueback herring -- have the widespread appeal of your average humpback whale or giant panda, but they do happen to sit near the bottom of the food chain.

    Peter Hanlon: Little Fish, Big Help

  • As the sun starts getting low use the blueback/light belly - throw toward shore, rocks. and cover -- at dusk use silver or crome --- darkness use BLACK throw to the same spots - also pick coves or flats where the water is shallow.

    night fishing

  • The NRDC is spearheading an effort to get river herring (shorthand here for blueback herring and alewife) listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act, while the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) showed overwhelming support for new efforts to protect and rebuild the decimated menhaden stock.

    Peter Hanlon: Little Fish, Big Help

  • It is the last remaining barrier on the mainstem of the Winnicut River and its removal effort, which also includes the installation of a fish passage structure upstream, will open more than 39 miles of upstream habitat for migratory fish such as alewives, blueback herring, and American eel.

    Augmented Reality: More than Hype? |NHPR|Word of Mouth

  • It is the last remaining barrier on the mainstem of the Winnicut River and its removal effort, which also includes the installation of a fish passage structure upstream, will open more than 39 miles of upstream habitat for migratory fish such as alewives, blueback herring, and American eel.

    Winnicut River Dam Removal

  • In the Connecticut River watershed, the alewife floater (Anodonta implicata) relies on anadromous fishes, American shad (Alosa sapidissima), alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus), and blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis), as hosts.

    Freshwater mussels in North America - factors affecting their endangerment and extinction

  • Fauna: Stockport Flats provides spawning and/or nursery ground for anadromous and freshwater fish species including alewife, blueback herring, American shad, rainbow smelt, striped bass and smallmouth bass.

    Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, New York

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  • fascinatingly also known as a red-fish in Idaho.

    sockeye onchorynchus-nerka

    Is that the reason they are called sockeye?

    April 15, 2012