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noun, plural cusks, (especially collectively) cusk.
  1. an edible marine fish, Brosme brosme, of North Atlantic coastal waters.
  2. the burbot.
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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
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noun plural cusks or cusk
  1. US and Canadian a gadoid food fish, Brosmius brosme, of northern coastal waters, having a single long dorsal finaslo called torsk
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Word Origin

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