[al-buh-kawr, -kohr]

noun, plural (especially collectively) al·ba·core, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) al·ba·cores.

a long-finned tuna, Thunnus alalunga, of warm or temperate seas, the flesh of which is valued for canning.
any of various tunalike fishes.

Origin of albacore

1570–80; < Portuguese albacora ≪ North African Arabic al-bakūrah the tuna Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for albacore

Historical Examples of albacore

  • Many boatmen and anglers believe that the broadbills follow the albacore.

  • Then we put on an albacore and drew that, tail first, in front of him.

  • It also adheres to whales, turtles, and the larger kinds of albacore.

    The Ocean Waifs

    Mayne Reid

  • Then, I have ten new boats, just the kind you have to have for albacore and tuna.

    El Diablo

    Brayton Norton

  • There's plenty of albacore over here to-night for everybody.

    El Diablo

    Brayton Norton

British Dictionary definitions for albacore



a tunny, Thunnus alalunga, occurring mainly in warm regions of the Atlantic and Pacific. It has very long pectoral fins and is a valued food fishAlso called: long-fin tunny

Word Origin for albacore

C16: from Portuguese albacor, from Arabic al-bakrah, from al the + bakr young camel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for albacore

large variety of tuna, 1570s, from Portuguese albacora, from Arabic al bakara "milk cow;" the fish so called for its size.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper