Definitions

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

  • n. See shovelnose.

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  • n. A small North American sturgeon, Scaphirhynchus platorynchus, the roe of which is harvested for caviar

Etymologies

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hackle +‎ back

Examples

  • Indeed, domestic caviar, including farmed California sturgeon and wild hackleback roe, are on menus such as Petrossian in New York, beluga central since 1920, as well as Thomas Keller's French Laundry, the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Fla., and hip Mas in Greenwich Village.

    Like a Sturgeon

  • I had California caviar -- no crummy hackleback roe here.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • As for caviar, Wise uses a variety from France with the same mushy texture and fishy taste as American hackleback.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • There were oysters on ice, too many to count, as well as bowls of Iranian caviar, American paddlefish roe, hackleback sturgeon roe and what seemed to be the largest pile of trout roe ever served in a Long Island City diner in the history of man.

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  • US economy stumbled in recent years, consumers went for domestic hackleback and paddlefish at roughly $20 an ounce retail, he said.

    Daily News & Analysis

  • The only cheaper options are American hackleback and paddlefish, which have improved but might still taste muddy, or salmon and trout roes.

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