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[al-buh-kawr, -kohr] /ˈæl bəˌkɔr, -ˌkoʊr/
noun, plural (especially collectively) albacore (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) albacores.
a long-finned tuna, Thunnus alalunga, of warm or temperate seas, the flesh of which is valued for canning.
any of various tunalike fishes.
Origin of albacore
1570-80; < Portuguese albacora ≪ North African Arabic al-bakūrah the tuna Unabridged
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  • Tackle and Lure—The albacore will take almost any lure from a sardine to a white rag.

  • It also adheres to whales, turtles, and the larger kinds of albacore.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • When the cannery boats arrived the albacore quit biting and took to other waters.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • Then, I have ten new boats, just the kind you have to have for albacore and tuna.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • Many boatmen and anglers believe that the broadbills follow the albacore.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • There's plenty of albacore over here to-night for everybody.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • Making the rounds of the albacore fishermen the truth of the girl's pessimistic prophecy became strikingly apparent.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • The albacore, he noticed suddenly, had ceased to slip through the chute.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • The dash was evidently directed against the shoal of albacore swimming alongside the Catamaran.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • albacore feeding on the surface raise a thin, low, white line of water or multitudes of slight, broken splashes.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for albacore


a tunny, Thunnus alalunga, occurring mainly in warm regions of the Atlantic and Pacific. It has very long pectoral fins and is a valued food fish Also called long-fin tunny
Word Origin
C16: from Portuguese albacor, from Arabic al-bakrah, from al the + bakr young camel
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Word Origin and History for albacore

large variety of tuna, 1570s, from Portuguese albacora, from Arabic al bakara "milk cow;" the fish so called for its size.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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