[ kap-uh-lin ]
/ ˈkæp ə lɪn /


either of two small fishes of the smelt family, Mallotus villosus, of coastal North American waters, or M. catervarius, of the North Pacific.
Also caplin.

Origin of capelin

1610–20, Americanism; < Middle French capelan < Old Provençal: codfish, literally, chaplain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for capelin



/ (ˈkæpəlɪn) /


a small marine food fish, Mallotus villosus, occurring in northern and Arctic seas: family Osmeridae (smelts)

Word Origin for capelin

C17: from French capelan, from Old Provençal, literally: chaplain
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