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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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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