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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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  • They fished, processed their catch and loaded thirty thousand pounds of whitefish onto the Jackson when she nosed into their pier.

    The Spell of the White Sturgeon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Imber glanced from one to another, then he spoke aloud in the whitefish tongue.

  • At last it could be no longer doubted that by the Indian's whitefish Moon he would be as good as ever.

    The Silent Places Steward Edward White
  • And there were three men seeking gold on the whitefish long ago.

  • When the whitefish and sturgeon are gone, the trout will multiply until they are the big catch.

    The Spell of the White Sturgeon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • It be plain we were fools, but how were we to know, we old men of the whitefish?

  • The brook trout is even more aristocratic than the whitefish, and should not be propagated at public expense.

    Peck's Compendium of Fun George W. Peck
  • Mr. George Snook had 1,400 barrels of trout and whitefish on her.

  • First, there was the man who came over the Ice Mountains, with cunning traps made of iron, who sought the beaver of the whitefish.

British Dictionary definitions for whitefish


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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