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candlefish

[kan-dl-fish] /ˈkæn dlˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) candlefish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) candlefishes.
1.
Also called eulachon. a small, edible, smeltlike fish, Thaleichthys pacificus, of northwestern coastal waters of North America, being so oily that when dried it can be used as a candle.
2.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; candle + fish
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candlefish

/ˈkændəlˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
a salmonoid food fish, Thaleichthys pacificus, that occurs in the N Pacific and has oily flesh Also called eulachon
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