frost fish

frostfish

[frawst-fish, frost-]
noun, plural (especially collectively) frostfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) frostfishes.
1.
either of two North American fishes, the tomcod of the Atlantic Ocean or the round whitefish, that appear when frost sets in.

Origin:
1625–35, Americanism; frost + fish

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frost fish

noun
long-bodied marine fishes having a long whiplike scaleless body and sharp teeth; closely related to snake mackerel [syn: cutlassfish
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