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[pol-uh k] /ˈpɒl ək/
noun, plural pollacks (especially collectively) pollack.
a food fish, Pollachius pollachius, of the cod family, inhabiting coastal North Atlantic waters from Scandinavia to northern Africa.
Origin of pollack
1495-1505; assimilated variant of podlok (Scots); akin to Scots paddle lumpfish; see -ock Unabridged
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  • Minke whales feed primarily on small shoal fish (herring, cod, pollack, and capelin).

  • pollack pushed through the Kyber Pass to the relief of Sale.

    Ten Years in India W.J.D. Gould
  • Mackerel is what you hope for; gurnard you will put up with; pollack will not be caught in any numbers so far from the shore.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • It was delightful to have been alone for so long,—no captain, no pollack, no one.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • And you want I should go down to that place and live on pollack and potatoes till them folks die, for the sake of just a home?

    Sheila of Big Wreck Cove James A. Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for pollack


noun (pl) -lacks, -lack, -locks, -lock
a gadoid food fish, Pollachius pollachius, that has a dark green back and a projecting lower jaw and occurs in northern seas, esp the North Atlantic Ocean
Word Origin
C17: from earlier Scottish podlok, of obscure origin


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Word Origin and History for pollack

sea fish, c.1600, pollock, alteration of Scottish podlok, of unknown origin, perhaps from poll (n.) "head." Possibly the alteration is by influence of Pollack "Polish person."

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Slang definitions & phrases for pollack



A Pole or a person of Polish extraction •It is curious that this word is somewhat pejorative in English even though it is the Polish word for ''Pole'' (1879+)


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