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[hwahyt-fish, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌfɪʃ, ˈwaɪt-/
noun, plural (especially collectively) whitefish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) whitefishes.
any of several fishes of the family Coregonidae, inhabiting northern waters of North America and Eurasia, similar to the trout but having a smaller mouth and larger scales.
a marine food fish of California, Caulolatilus princeps.
any of various silvery fishes of the minnow or carp family.
the beluga, Delphinapterus leucas.
Origin of whitefish
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at white, fish Unabridged
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  • Mounds of tuna salad, white fish salad, potato pancakes, knishes, corned beef—you name your kosher indulgence and it is here.

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white fish

(in the British fishing industry) any edible marine fish or invertebrate in which the main reserves of fat are in the liver, excluding herring, trout, sprat, mackerel, salmon, and shellfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
any herring-like salmonoid food fish of the genus Coregonus and family Coregonidae, typically of deep cold lakes of the N hemisphere, having large silvery scales and a small head
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Contemporary definitions for white fish

any food fish with pale flesh such as cod or halibut


They grilled mild white fish fillets soaked in a delicate wine, lemon juice and herb marinade.

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