noun, plural cusks, (especially collectively) cusk.

an edible marine fish, Brosme brosme, of North Atlantic coastal waters.
the burbot.

Nearby words

  1. cushitic,
  2. cushman,
  3. cushman, charlotte saunders,
  4. cushty,
  5. cushy,
  6. cusk-eel,
  7. cuso,
  8. cusp,
  9. cusp height,
  10. cuspal

Origin of cusk

1610–20, Americanism; probably variant of tusk kind of fish < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian tosk, variant of torsk, cognate with Old Norse thorskr codfish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cusk


noun plural cusks or cusk

US and Canadian a gadoid food fish, Brosmius brosme, of northern coastal waters, having a single long dorsal finaslo called torsk

Word Origin for cusk

C17: probably alteration of tusk of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse thorskr codfish

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