- a whitefish, Coregonus vandesius, inhabiting lakes in Scotland and England.
Origin of vendace
1690–1700; orig. Scots, apparently < French vandoise, Old French vendoise any of various cyprinid fish (< Gallo-Romance *vindisia, probably derivative of Celtic *wind- white, bright; compare Old Irish find, Welsh gwyn); perhaps conflated with a local Scots word (compare the variant gevenaces)
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Nothing is ever found visible to the naked eye in the stomach of the Vendace.
- either of two small whitefish, Coregonus vandesius (Lochmaben vendace) or C. gracilior (Cumberland vendace), occurring in lakes in Scotland and NW England respectivelySee also powan
C18: from New Latin vandēsius, from Old French vandoise, probably of Celtic origin
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