from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A name given to a large number of unrelated silvery and white fishes, for example to different seiænoid, clupeoid, and gadoid fishes.
  • noun A gadoid fish of Europe, Merlangus vulgaris, or another of this genus.
  • noun In the United States, one of several sciænoid fishes of the genus Menticirrus, as M. americanus. The silver whiting, or surf-whiting, is M. littoralis.
  • noun The silver hake, Merlucius biline-aris.
  • noun The menhaden.
  • noun Chalk which has been dried either in the air or in a kiln, and afterward ground, levigated, and again dried.

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

  • noun A common European food fish (Melangus vulgaris) of the Codfish family; -- called also fittin.
  • noun A North American fish (Merlucius vulgaris) allied to the preceding; -- called also silver hake.
  • noun Any one of several species of North American marine sciænoid food fishes belonging to genus Menticirrhus, especially Menticirrhus Americanus, found from Maryland to Brazil, and Menticirrhus littoralis, common from Virginia to Texas; -- called also silver whiting, and surf whiting.
  • noun Chalk prepared in an impalpable powder by pulverizing and repeated washing, used as a pigment, as an ingredient in putty, for cleaning silver, etc.
  • noun (Zoöl.) Same as Pollack.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the bib, 2.

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

  • noun A fine white chalk used in paints, putty, whitewash etc.
  • noun In full whiting tree. (see variant whitten).
  • noun A fish, Merlangius merlangus, similar to cod, found in the North Atlantic.
  • noun Any of several marine fish found in North American coastal waters, including Merluccius bilinearis (the silver hake).

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

  • noun a food fish of the Atlantic waters of Europe resembling the cod; sometimes placed in genus Gadus
  • noun any of several food fishes of North American coastal waters
  • noun flesh of a cod-like fish of the Atlantic waters of Europe
  • noun found off Atlantic coast of North America
  • noun flesh of any of a number of slender food fishes especially of Atlantic coasts of North America
  • noun a small fish of the genus Sillago; excellent food fish


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Late Old English (11th Century - Mid 12th Century)



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