blackfish

[ blak-fish ]
/ ˈblækˌfɪʃ /

noun, plural (especially collectively) black·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) black·fish·es.

any of various dark-colored fishes, as the tautog, Tautoga onitis, or the sea bass, Centropristes striatus.
a small, freshwater food fish, Dallia pectoralis, found in Alaska and Siberia, noted for its ability to survive frozen in ice.

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Origin of blackfish

An Americanism dating back to 1680–90; black + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for blackfish

blackfish
/ (ˈblækˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

a minnow-like Alaskan freshwater fish, Dallia pectoralis, related to the pikes and thought to be able to survive prolonged freezing
a female salmon that has recently spawnedCompare redfish (def. 1)
any of various other dark fishes, esp the luderick, a common edible Australian estuary fish
another name for pilot whale
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