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noun, plural wall·eyes, (especially collectively for 1, 2) wall·eye.
  1. Also called walleyed pike, jack salmon. a large game fish, Stizostedion vitreum, inhabiting the lakes and rivers of northeastern North America; pikeperch.
  2. any of various other fishes having large, staring eyes.
  3. an eye characteristic of a walleyed person or animal.
  4. (initial capital letter) Military. a series of television-guided bombs with high-explosive warheads, in production since the 1960s.
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Origin of walleye

First recorded in 1515–25; back formation from walleyed
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Examples from the Web for walleye

Historical Examples of walleye

  • Rack turned the walleye toward him, as though he could see out of it.

    The Buttoned Sky

    Geoff St. Reynard

  • The spirits of trout and salmon and bass and walleye and sunfish and pike, all the fish of lakes and streams that fed his people.


    Robert Shea

  • Because brood-stock of the major sport-fishes is already present, stocking is unnecessary, except for walleye and northern pike.

British Dictionary definitions for walleye


noun plural -eyes or -eye
  1. a divergent squint
  2. opacity of the cornea
  3. an eye having a white or light-coloured iris
  4. (in some collies) an eye that is particoloured white and blue
  5. Also called: walleyed pike a North American pikeperch, Stizostedion vitreum, valued as a food and game fish
  6. any of various other fishes having large staring eyes
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Derived Formswalleyed, adjective

Word Origin for walleye

back formation from earlier walleyed, from Old Norse vagleygr, from vage, perhaps: a film over the eye (compare Swedish vagel sty in the eye) + -eygr -eyed, from auga eye; modern form influenced by wall
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walleye in Medicine


  1. Absence of color in the iris.
  2. The condition of having a dense white opacity of the cornea.
  3. exotropia
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