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[blak-fish] /ˈblækˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) blackfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) blackfishes.
any of various dark-colored fishes, as the tautog, Tautoga onitis, or the sea bass, Centropristes striatus.
a small, freshwater food fish, Dallia pectoralis, found in Alaska and Siberia, noted for its ability to survive frozen in ice.
Origin of blackfish
An Americanism dating back to 1680-90; black + fish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Great numbers of blackfish and porpoises abound in this vicinity.

    The Land of Thor J. Ross Browne
  • "We thought we might get some blackfish at the end of the reef," Scotty replied.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
  • Hauling in blackfish isn't going to find out why the Sea Belle was wrecked.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
  • But it was neither a whale nor a blackfish—not even a small one—nor was it a shark.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • Here he made two sticklebacks, two graylings, and two blackfish.

  • The occupant said that his father had manured all but that one with blackfish.

    Cape Cod Henry D. Thoreau
  • Only a few men stay at home to till the sand or watch for blackfish.

    Cape Cod Henry D. Thoreau
  • It is stated that in 1812 blackfish were used as food by the poor of Bretagne.

    Cape Cod Henry D. Thoreau
British Dictionary definitions for blackfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
a minnow-like Alaskan freshwater fish, Dallia pectoralis, related to the pikes and thought to be able to survive prolonged freezing
a female salmon that has recently spawned Compare redfish (sense 1)
any of various other dark fishes, esp the luderick, a common edible Australian estuary fish
another name for pilot whale
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