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  1. candlefish.
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Origin of eulachon

1800–10, Americanism; < Chinook Jargon, probably < Clatsop (a division of the Lower Chinook once resident on the south bank of the Columbia and the adjacent coast) u-λalxwə́(n), said to mean “brook trout”
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Historical Examples

  • The ayu is about as large as the eulachon and has similar flesh, but with little oil and no fragrance.

    A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)

    David Starr Jordan

British Dictionary definitions for eulachon



noun plural -chons, -chon, -chans or -chan
  1. another name for candlefish
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Word Origin

from Chinook Jargon ulâkân
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