- a long-finned tuna, Thunnus alalunga, of warm or temperate seas, the flesh of which is valued for canning.
- any of various tunalike fishes.
Origin of albacore
1570–80; < Portuguese albacora ≪ North African Arabic al-bakūrah the tuna
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Examples from the Web for albacore
Many boatmen and anglers believe that the broadbills follow the albacore.
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
Then, I have ten new boats, just the kind you have to have for albacore and tuna.
There's plenty of albacore over here to-night for everybody.
- 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
C16: from Portuguese albacor, from Arabic al-bakrah, from al the + bakr young camel
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Word Origin and History for albacore
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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