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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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  • The salt-barrels were emptied and crowded out by the cod, hake, and pollock.

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  • hake meanwhile stood listening to the rooks in the distance.

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  • This story, often told by hake, appeared at last in print in his memoirs.

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

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  • In style, in education, in experience, whatever hake was Borrow was p. 216not.

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  • Then three hake in succession, the largest not over five pounds.

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  • Captain hake at once assumed the stern manner he knew well how to put on.

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  • “King Harald would speak with thee,” said the man, who was no other than hake the berserk.

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  • hake turned on his heel and returned to the boat, while Erling took Guttorm aside.

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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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