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

  • n. Variant of capelin.

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  • n. Alternative form of capelin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See capelin.
  • n. The cap or coupling of a flail, through which the thongs pass which connect the handle and swingel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The cap or band of leather on a flail through which the thongs pass that connect the swingel to the staff. Also capling.
  • n. A fish, formerly referred to the Salmonidæ under the name Salmo arcticus, now known as Mallotus villosus, and assigned to the smelt family, Argentinidœ.

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

  • n. very small northern fish; forage for sea birds and marine mammals and other fishes


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  • Early in the season, directly the ice breaks up, a little fish called the caplin, which is about the size of a smelt, runs inshore in great schools of countless millions, to spawn.

    The Story of Grenfell of the Labrador A Boy's Life of Wilfred T. Grenfell

  • The caplin is a small fish, about the size of a smelt or a little larger, and is caught in the neighborhood of Hamilton Inlet and south.

    The Long Labrador Trail

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  • Hearn charges the province is living in a dictatorship, and that collectively the provincial cabinet doesn't have the "guts of a caplin" for kowtowing to the premier.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • Still, this was hard physical labor, and sometimes unpleasant by current standards: spreading cods heads between the transplanted cabbages, for example, or stable manure and caplin on potatoes as the men followed behind, trenching and covering the fertilized seeds or plants with soil, were hardly tasks for those fastidious in nature.

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  • Whether or not there is an increase in that region remains to be seen, but Rideout said caplin stocks offshore and in the Gulf are, essentially, unrelated in terms of granting quotas.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • "“In talking to officials at DFO Department of Fisheries and Oceans, there''s very little scientific data collected in recent years to indicate there should be an increase in caplin quota."

    February 2006

  • Rideout dismissed the notion, claiming several of the people involved in that all-party committee report backed off on the caplin moratorium recommendation shortly after the report was released.

    February 2006

  • The report showed that several members of the current government - including Premier Danny Williams and Rideout, along with Trevor Taylor, Loyola Hearn, Bill Matthews, Norm Doyle, Roger Grimes, and others  - had signed off on a recommendation in the report to place a moratorium on the commercial caplin fishery.

    February 2006

  • Elsewhere, there are reports that Barry needs a quota of 50, 000 tonnes of caplin to use in the Harbour Breton plant which will now supply fishmeal to his mink and salmon farms.

    February 2006


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