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albacore

[al-buh-kawr, -kohr]
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noun, plural (especially collectively) al·ba·core, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) al·ba·cores.
  1. a long-finned tuna, Thunnus alalunga, of warm or temperate seas, the flesh of which is valued for canning.
  2. any of various tunalike fishes.
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Origin of albacore

1570–80; < Portuguese albacora ≪ North African Arabic al-bakūrah the tuna
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Historical Examples

  • Many boatmen and anglers believe that the broadbills follow the albacore.

    Tales of Fishes

    Zane Grey

  • Then we put on an albacore and drew that, tail first, in front of him.

  • It also adheres to whales, turtles, and the larger kinds of albacore.

    The Ocean Waifs

    Mayne Reid

  • Then, I have ten new boats, just the kind you have to have for albacore and tuna.

    El Diablo

    Brayton Norton

  • There's plenty of albacore over here to-night for everybody.

    El Diablo

    Brayton Norton


British Dictionary definitions for albacore

albacore

noun
  1. a tunny, Thunnus alalunga, occurring mainly in warm regions of the Atlantic and Pacific. It has very long pectoral fins and is a valued food fishAlso called: long-fin tunny
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Word Origin

C16: from Portuguese albacor, from Arabic al-bakrah, from al the + bakr young camel
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Word Origin and History for albacore

n.

large variety of tuna, 1570s, from Portuguese albacora, from Arabic al bakara "milk cow;" the fish so called for its size.

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