Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A bottom-dwelling fish, especially a commercially valuable marine species such as flounder or cod.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fish which swims at the bottom of the water, and must be fished for there. Among ground-fish are the cod, hake, haddock, cusk, ling, flounder, and halibut.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Fish that live on the sea bottom, especially commercially important gadoid fishes like cod and haddock or flatfish like flounder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun fishing Fish that swim near the seafloor
  • verb fishing To fish for groundfish

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

  • noun fish that live on the sea bottom (particularly the commercially important gadoid fish like cod and haddock, or flatfish like flounder)

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

ground +‎ fish

Examples

  • On September 12, 2004 the appellants held Atlantic Recreational Fishing licenses which had been issued by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Canada) for the recreational cod fishery (also referred to as the groundfish food fishery).

    The constitutional fish, redux

  • "We didn't see any juvenile groundfish, which is a serious concern."

    BangorDailyNews.com - News

  • Associate Director Veronica Young said the center will focus more of its funds on research of so-called groundfish such as haddock, cod and flounder, which are in short supply in Maine waters.

    WMTW.com - Local News

  • The West Coast's most valuable fishery, a group of bottom-dwelling species known as groundfish, has been rebuilding since 2000, when harvests were cut in half to protect overfished rockfish.

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  • The West Coast's most valuable fishery, a group of bottom-dwelling species known as groundfish, has been rebuilding since 2000, when harvests were cut in half to protect overfished rockfish.

    TheState.com: The Buzz

  • The West Coast's most valuable fishery, a group of bottom-dwelling species known as groundfish, has been rebuilding since 2000, when harvests were cut in half to protect overfished rockfish.

    The Seattle Times

  • The West Coast's most valuable fishery, a group of bottom-dwelling species known as groundfish, has been rebuilding since 2000, when harvests were cut in half to protect overfished rockfish.

    Rocky Mount Telegram - Business

  • The West Coast's most valuable fishery, a group of bottom-dwelling species known as groundfish, has been rebuilding since 2000, when harvests were cut in half to protect overfished rockfish.

    The Seattle Times

  • The West Coast's most valuable fishery, a group of bottom-dwelling species known as groundfish, has been rebuilding since 2000, when harvests were cut in half to protect overfished rockfish.

    The Seattle Times

  • Northern, or pink, shrimp are found in the cold waters of the Gulf of Maine and provide an alternative winter and spring fishery for scores of New England fishing boats that normally fish for haddock, flounder and other so-called "groundfish" that live near the ocean bottom.

    wbur.org

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