[ hwahyt-fish, wahyt- ]

noun,plural (especially collectively) white·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) white·fish·es.
  1. any of several fishes of the family Coregonidae, inhabiting northern waters of North America and Eurasia, similar to the trout but having a smaller mouth and larger scales.: Compare lake whitefish, round whitefish.

  2. a marine food fish of California, Caulolatilus princeps.

  1. any of various silvery fishes of the minnow or carp family.

  2. the beluga, Delphinapterus leucas.

Origin of whitefish

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English; see origin at white, fish

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How to use whitefish in a sentence

  • Prepare fillets of whitefish according to the directions for filleting fish in Art. 28.

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  • The food of the whitefish in the lake is partly the worms bred from the eggs of a large fly resembling the May-fly of the East.

  • Wahpoośkow is certainly a wonderful region for fish, particularly the whitefish and its cousin-german, the tullabee.

  • The brook trout is even more aristocratic than the whitefish, and should not be propagated at public expense.

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British Dictionary definitions for whitefish (1 of 2)


/ (ˈwaɪtˌfɪʃ) /

nounplural -fish or -fishes
  1. any herring-like salmonoid food fish of the genus Coregonus and family Coregonidae, typically of deep cold lakes of the N hemisphere, having large silvery scales and a small head

British Dictionary definitions for white fish (2 of 2)

white fish

  1. (in the British fishing industry) any edible marine fish or invertebrate in which the main reserves of fat are in the liver, excluding herring, trout, sprat, mackerel, salmon, and shellfish

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