candlefish

candlefish

[kan-dl-fish]
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.

Origin:
1880–85; candle + fish

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candlefish (ˈkændəlˌfɪʃ)
 
n , pl -fish, -fishes
Also called: eulachon a salmonoid food fish, Thaleichthys pacificus, that occurs in the N Pacific and has oily flesh

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