whiting

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[ hwahy-ting, wahy- ]
/ ˈʰwaɪ tɪŋ, ˈwaɪ- /

noun, plural (especially collectively) whit·ing, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) whit·ings.

a slender food fish of the genus Menticirrhus, of the croaker family, inhabiting waters along the Atlantic coast of North America.
the hake, Merluccius bilinearis.
any of several European fishes of the cod family, especially Merlangus merlangus.

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Origin of whiting

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First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, perhaps alteration of Old English hwītling a kind of fish; compare Middle Dutch witinc, of which the English may be a translation

Definition for whiting (2 of 2)

whiting2
[ hwahy-ting, wahy- ]
/ ˈʰwaɪ tɪŋ, ˈwaɪ- /

noun

pure-white chalk (calcium carbonate) that has been ground and washed, used in making putty, whitewash, silver polish, etc.

Origin of whiting

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1400–50; late Middle English; compare Old English hwīting-, in hwītingmelu;see meal2. See white, -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for whiting (1 of 2)

whiting1
/ (ˈwaɪtɪŋ) /

noun

an important gadoid food fish, Merlangius (or Gadus) merlangus, of European seas, having a dark back with silvery sides and underparts
any of various similar fishes, such as Merluccius bilinearis, a hake of American Atlantic waters, and any of several Atlantic sciaenid fishes of the genus Menticirrhus
Australian any of several marine food fishes of the genus Sillago
whiting pout another name for bib (def. 3)

Word Origin for whiting

C15: perhaps from Old English hwītling; related to Middle Dutch wijting. See white, -ing ³

British Dictionary definitions for whiting (2 of 2)

whiting2
/ (ˈwaɪtɪŋ) /

noun

white chalk that has been ground and washed, used in making whitewash, metal polish, etcAlso called: whitening
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