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[heyk] /heɪk/
noun, plural (especially collectively) hake (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) hakes.
any marine fish of the genus Merluccius, closely related to the cods, especially M. bilinearis, found off the New England coast.
any of several related marine fishes, especially of the genus Urophycis.
Origin of hake
1275-1325; Middle English; special use of Old English haca hook; compare Middle Low German haken kipper salmon Unabridged
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  • hake also founded and sold one of the first Internet companies (Access Media) and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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  • Cod are abundant on this ground from May to July, hake coming somewhat later.

  • His friendship with hake began when hake was practising as a physician in Norfolk.

    Old Familiar Faces Theodore Watts-Dunton
  • That is one of the reasons that he did not take to the literary persons whom he met at hake's.

    George Borrow and His Circle Clement King Shorter
  • Then three hake in succession, the largest not over five pounds.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman Albert Walter Tolman
  • She stopped abruptly on observing that hake was behind his brother.

    The Norsemen in the West R.M. Ballantyne
  • “King Harald would speak with thee,” said the man, who was no other than hake the berserk.

    Erling the Bold R.M. Ballantyne
  • Cod, hake, and pollock are the principal fishes taken here and furnish some of the best fishing in this vicinity.

  • “There is wood enough here for that purpose,” said hake, with a grim smile.

    Erling the Bold R.M. Ballantyne
  • Every evening hake visited his intended wife and many happy evenings they spent together.

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British Dictionary definitions for hake


noun (pl) hake, hakes
any gadoid food fish of the genus Merluccius, such as M. merluccius (European hake), of the N hemisphere, having an elongated body with a large head and two dorsal fins
any North American fish of the genus Urophycis, similar and related to Merluccius species
(Austral) another name for barracouta
Word Origin
C15: perhaps from Old Norse haki hook; compare Old English hacod pike; see hook


a wooden frame for drying cheese or fish
Word Origin
C18: variant of heck²
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Word Origin and History for hake

type of sea fish, c.1300, probably from Old English haca "a hook, door-fastening" (cf. hacod "pike" the fish), or Old Norse haki "hook," from the shape of its jaw, both from Proto-Germanic *hakan- (cf. Dutch hake "hook"), from PIE root *keg- "hook, tooth" (see hook).

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