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[heyk] /heɪk/
noun, plural (especially collectively) hake (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) hakes.
any marine fish of the genus Merluccius, closely related to the cods, especially M. bilinearis, found off the New England coast.
any of several related marine fishes, especially of the genus Urophycis.
Origin of hake
1275-1325; Middle English; special use of Old English haca hook; compare Middle Low German haken kipper salmon Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for hake


noun (pl) hake, hakes
any gadoid food fish of the genus Merluccius, such as M. merluccius (European hake), of the N hemisphere, having an elongated body with a large head and two dorsal fins
any North American fish of the genus Urophycis, similar and related to Merluccius species
(Austral) another name for barracouta
Word Origin
C15: perhaps from Old Norse haki hook; compare Old English hacod pike; see hook


a wooden frame for drying cheese or fish
Word Origin
C18: variant of heck²
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Word Origin and History for hake

type of sea fish, c.1300, probably from Old English haca "a hook, door-fastening" (cf. hacod "pike" the fish), or Old Norse haki "hook," from the shape of its jaw, both from Proto-Germanic *hakan- (cf. Dutch hake "hook"), from PIE root *keg- "hook, tooth" (see hook).

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