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blackfish

[blak-fish] /ˈblækˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) blackfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) blackfishes.
1.
any of various dark-colored fishes, as the tautog, Tautoga onitis, or the sea bass, Centropristes striatus.
2.
a small, freshwater food fish, Dallia pectoralis, found in Alaska and Siberia, noted for its ability to survive frozen in ice.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90, Americanism; black + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for black fish

blackfish

/ˈblækˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
a minnow-like Alaskan freshwater fish, Dallia pectoralis, related to the pikes and thought to be able to survive prolonged freezing
2.
a female salmon that has recently spawned Compare redfish (sense 1)
3.
any of various other dark fishes, esp the luderick, a common edible Australian estuary fish
4.
another name for pilot whale
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