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powan

noun
  1. a freshwater whitefish, Coregonus clupeoides, occurring in some Scottish lakes
  2. any of certain similar related fishes, such as the vendace
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Also: lake herring

Word Origin

C17: Scottish variant of pollan
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Historical Examples

  • The powan, or fresh-water herring (Coregonus), of which there are several marine and fresh-water species.

    Kalevala, Volume I (of 2)

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