from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A one-pronged fork or spear used in handling fish.
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As the dingledekooch floated silently over them, they lay perfectly quiet and unsuspicious of danger, although within a few feet of the fatal fish-pugh, and in an element almost as transparent as air.
That gentleman, buried in moose and cariboo skins, prostrate on a broad bench, drawn up close by the fire-place, was dreaming, probably, of sculpins, flounders, fish-pugh, and dingledekooch!
The cod are thrown up from the boat to the flake by means of the fish-pugh -- a sort of one-pronged, piscatory pitchfork -- and cleaned, salted, and cured there; then spread out to dry on the flake, or on the beach, and packed for market.