[pol-uh k]

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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  • The pollack was then examined, with all its glories of gold, bronze, and orange.


    George Manville Fenn

  • Pollack pushed through the Kyber Pass to the relief of Sale.

    Ten Years in India

    W.J.D. Gould

  • It was delightful to have been alone for so long,—no captain, no Pollack, no one.

    Tono Bungay

    H. G. Wells

  • I still remember it as pure relief when at last Pollack came to me pipe in mouth.

    Tono Bungay

    H. G. Wells

  • He has gone off in the boat with Mr Trethick, to try for pollack.

    The Vicar's People

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for pollack



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



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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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