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torsk

[tawrsk]
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noun, plural torsks, (especially collectively) torsk.
  1. a cod.
  2. cusk(def 1).

Origin of torsk

1700–10; < Norwegian; Old Norse thorskr, akin to thurr dry. See thirst
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Examples from the Web for torsk

Historical Examples

  • Waterfowl were in considerable abundance: but torsk and holibut were almost the only kinds of fish that were caught.

    Travels in North America, From Modern Writers

    William Bingley

  • A name among the Shetlanders for the excellent fish called tusk or torsk, the best of the cod kind (Brosmius vulgaris).

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth


British Dictionary definitions for torsk

torsk

noun plural torsks or torsk
  1. a gadoid food fish, Brosmius brosme, of northern coastal waters, having a single long dorsal finUsual US and Canadian name: cusk

Word Origin

C17: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse thorskr codfish, Danish torsk
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