from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The hake when salted and dried.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) A small European fish, similar to the cod, but of inferior quality.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A small
European fish, similar to the cod, but of inferior quality.
- noun Salted and dried
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It chanced by hap to be on Friday, and therefore there was no other meat in the inn than a few pieces of a fish called in Castile abadexo, in Andalusia bacallao, and in some places curadillo, and in others truchuela, and is but poor-john.
Then was there straight laid a table at the inn door, that he mought take the air; and the host brought him a portion of evil-watered and worse-boiled poor-john, and a loaf as black and hoary as his harness.
Even then, some years before our "renowned sires" with their "peerless dames" stepped on Plymouth Rock, he wrote, "Newfoundland doth yearly freight neir eight hundred sail of ships with a silly, lean, skinny, poor-john, and cor fish," though all their supplies must be annually transported from Europe.
A fish: he smells like a fish; a very ancient and fish-like smell; a kind of not-of-the-newest poor-john. [