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frostfish

[ frawst-fish, frost- ]

noun

, plural (especially collectively) frost·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) frost·fish·es.
  1. either of two North American fishes, the tomcod of the Atlantic Ocean or the round whitefish, that appear when frost sets in.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of frostfish1

An Americanism dating back to 1625–35; frost + fish

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