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[had-uh k] /ˈhæd ək/
noun, plural (especially collectively) haddock (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) haddocks.
a North Atlantic food fish, Melanogrammus aeglefinus, of the cod family.
the rosefish, Sebastes marinus.
Origin of haddock
1275-1325; Middle English haddok; see -ock Unabridged
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  • Put the stuffing in the haddock, and fasten it with a small skewer.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • The city critters are all hungry for haddock, and that's just what we hit to-day.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • There was a haddock in it, if you'll believe me, for Master's breakfast, so of course I saved it for him.

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
  • A Januar' haddock, a Februar' bannock, and a March pint o' ale.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • But he got two haddock and more whiting than he wanted to carry home.

  • I went off about two miles from the ledges after cod and haddock, and picked them up there.

    The Coming Wave Oliver Optic
  • What you hear is something like this: 'haddock and cod, come buy!

    The Children's Book of London Geraldine Edith Mitton
  • I never could read His handwriting except His criminal thumbprint on the haddock.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • They are eaten in great numbers by flounders, cod, and haddock.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • We had, however, to delay a little to allow of our men returning from haddock's.

    Through the Heart of Patagonia H. Hesketh Prichard
British Dictionary definitions for haddock


noun (pl) -docks, -dock
a North Atlantic gadoid food fish, Melanogrammus aeglefinus: similar to but smaller than the cod
Word Origin
C14: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for haddock

late 13c., of unknown origin. Old French hadot and Gaelic adag, sometimes cited as sources, were apparently borrowed from English. OED regards the suffix as perhaps a diminutive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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