[ pol-uh k ]
/ ˈpɒl ək /

noun, plural pol·lacks, (especially collectively) pol·lack.

a food fish, Pollachius pollachius, of the cod family, inhabiting coastal North Atlantic waters from Scandinavia to northern Africa.

Origin of pollack

1495–1505; assimilated variant of podlok (Scots); akin to Scots paddle lumpfish; see -ock
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British Dictionary definitions for pollack (1 of 2)



/ (ˈpɒlək) /

noun plural -lacks, -lack, -locks or -lock

a gadoid food fish, Pollachius pollachius, that has a dark green back and a projecting lower jaw and occurs in northern seas, esp the North Atlantic Ocean

Word Origin for pollack

C17: from earlier Scottish podlok, of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for pollack (2 of 2)


/ (ˈpɒlək) /


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Word Origin and History for pollack



sea fish, c.1600, pollock, alteration of Scottish podlok, of unknown origin, perhaps from poll (n.) "head." Possibly the alteration is by influence of Pollack "Polish person."

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