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

  • noun A large, northern Pacific food fish (Ophiodon elongatus) of the family Hexagrammidae, having an elongated greenish-gray body.

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

  • noun The flesh of a lean-fleshed fish caught off the U.S. Pacific coast.
  • noun A food fish (Ophiodon elongatus) of Northern Pacific waters related to greenlings.

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

  • noun food fish of the northern Pacific related to greenlings
  • noun the lean flesh of a fish caught off the Pacific coast of the United States


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