albacore

[al-buh-kawr, -kohr]
noun, plural (especially collectively) albacore (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) albacores.
1.
a long-finned tuna, Thunnus alalunga, of warm or temperate seas, the flesh of which is valued for canning.
2.
any of various tunalike fishes.

Origin:
1570–80; < Portuguese albacora ≪ North African Arabic al-bakūrah the tuna

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albacore (ˈælbəˌkɔː)
 
n
Also called: long-fin tunny 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
 
[C16: from Portuguese albacor, from Arabic al-bakrah, from al the + bakr young camel]

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albacore
1570s, "large variety of tuna," from Port. albacora, from Arabic al bakara pl. of buko "young camel, heifer;" the fish so called for its size.
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Albacore have a preference for deep blue oceanic water and mild temperatures.
Tagged albacore exhibited five distinct, seasonal migratory patterns.
Bigeye and albacore catches have since grown substantially because of the steady growth of the longline fleet.
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