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noun, plural (especially collectively) tom·cod, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) tom·cods.
  1. either of two small cods, Microgadus tomcod, of the Atlantic Ocean, or M. proximus, of the Pacific Ocean.
  2. any of various similar fishes.
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Origin of tomcod

1715–25; Tom (Thumb) + cod1
Also called tommycod.
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  • I noted the tomcod married to the hake, and the shark wedded to the swordfish.

    My Life in Many States and in Foreign Lands

    George Francis Train