from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An oily edible fish (Thaleichthys pacificus) of northern Pacific waters, formerly dried and used as a torch by Native Americans. Also called eulachon.
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- n. An oily edible fish, Thaleichthys pacificus, from the northern Pacific, that was once dried and used as a candle or torch by the Chinook indians
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A marine fish (Thaleichthys Pacificus), allied to the smelt, found on the north Pacific coast; -- called also eulachon. It is so oily that, when dried, it may be used as a candle, by drawing a wick through it.
- n. The beshow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The eulachon, Thaleichthys pacificus, an anadromous, deep-sea, solmonoid fish of the smelt family, Argentinidæ, resembling a smelt in form, but with weaker dentition, smaller scales, dusky coloration, and attaining a length of nearly a foot.
- n. An acanthopterygian fish of the west coast of North America, Anoplopoma fimbria, type of the family Anoplopomidæ, resembling a pollock, and attaining a length of 20 inches and a weight of 5 pounds. See Anoplopomidæ. Also called black candle-fish, horse-mackerel, and beshow.
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We then enjoyed an Aboriginal feast of moose, halibut, smoked salmon, stuffed salmon, turnip, herring roe and oolichan (also known as the “candlefish”).
Fish the outgoing tides, casting Decievers, candlefish, and other bait fish patterns.
The name Ooligan is adopted from the Native American word for a smelt otherwise known as the candlefish.
To become good today, at hooking blackmouth, the common denominator is finding the bait, sand lance candlefish and herring.
The Indians call them othlecan [candlefish] and catch many of them in the spring.
The NOAA Fisheries Service said Tuesday that the fish also known as eulachon or candlefish will be listed as a threatened species.
The presence of candlefish also make it a good jigging area for those bouncing Point Wilson darts and other jigs.
Krein said staying right on bottom is critical here, because that's where the candlefish are, and thus the chinook.