or fish kill



the sudden destruction of large quantities of fish, as by pollution.

Origin of fishkill

First recorded in 1960–65; fish + kill1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fishkill

Historical Examples of fishkill

  • On the ninth he encamped on the heights north of the Fishkill.

  • One fronted the Fishkill and commanded the usual fording-place.

    Burgoyne's Invasion of 1777

    Samuel Adams Drake

  • After quitting Fishkill we found a great change, not only in the country, but in the weather.


    James Fenimore Cooper

  • At Fishkill we stopped for refreshments, and was waited on by a brass band and the Mayor and more baby's.

    The Bad Boy At Home

    Walter T. Gray

  • The army took up its old positions along the heights into which the Fishkill cuts deeply, as it runs to the Hudson.

    Burgoyne's Invasion of 1777

    Samuel Adams Drake