from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several black or dark-colored fishes, especially the pollock or sablefish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. any of several blackish fish, especially the pollack or sablefish
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The pollock; -- called also, coalsey, colemie, colmey, coal whiting, etc. See pollock.
- n. The beshow or candlefish of Alaska.
- n. The cobia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gadoid fish, Pollachius virens or carbonarius, named from the color of its back.
- n. A fish, Anoplopoma fimbria, of the family Anoplopomatidæ, found in the North Pacific.
- n. The pollack, Pollachius virens.
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At one luncheon buffet, I counted 14 varieties, including lox, tuna salad, smoked mackerel, salmon with peppers, smoked Greenland halibut, coalfish with asparagus and several shellfish salads.
Folk living fair at the edge of the sea might occasionally bring home a string of haddock and coalfish, enough for a single boiling, but with none left over for the following day.
The christmas cookies for the tropical fishes, turtles and sharks are made of coalfish instead of pastry.