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[kod-fish] /ˈkɒdˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) codfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) codfishes.
cod1 .
Origin of codfish
First recorded in 1880-85; cod1 + fish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Very like a whale, if not like a codfish," said Miss Wayland, laughing heartily.

    The Green Satin Gown Laura E. Richards
  • It was the codfish whistled, not I; it's a way they have on Friday evenings.

    The Green Satin Gown Laura E. Richards
  • It was after sunrise when they reached the ledge where codfish most do congregate.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • DON'T stare at me like that, with your mouth open like a—like a codfish.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Down went the basket and the codfish and Mr. Kendall seized him by both hands.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • I am very fond of codfish and we almost never have it at home.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • "But you want to be careful—they are awful sly," said codfish.

  • "The only fellow I'm sorry for is codfish," came from Randy.

  • codfish consisted of three sorts, "marchantable, middling, and refuse."

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • With Glutts were codfish, Carncross, and three other of the bully's cronies.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
British Dictionary definitions for codfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
a cod, esp Gadus morhua
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