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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.
1570-80; < Portuguese albacora ≪ North African Arabic al-bakūrah the tuna Unabridged
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Examples for albacore
  • 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.
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
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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