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capelin

[kap-uh-lin]
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noun
  1. either of two small fishes of the smelt family, Mallotus villosus, of coastal North American waters, or M. catervarius, of the North Pacific.
Also caplin.

Origin of capelin

1610–20, Americanism; < Middle French capelan < Old Provençal: codfish, literally, chaplain
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capelin

caplin

noun
  1. a small marine food fish, Mallotus villosus, occurring in northern and Arctic seas: family Osmeridae (smelts)

Word Origin

C17: from French capelan, from Old Provençal, literally: chaplain
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