any spiny-finned food fish of the genus Hexagrammos, of North Pacific coasts.

1400–50; late Middle English; see green, -ling1 Unabridged
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greenling (ˈɡriːnlɪŋ)
any scorpaenoid food fish of the family Hexagrammidae of the North Pacific Ocean

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any of a number of marine fish of the family Hexagrammidae (order Scorpaeniformes). Greenlings are characterized, as a group, by such features as small scales, long dorsal fins, and strong jaw teeth. Members of the family usually do not exceed a length of about 45 or 46 cm (18 inches). They are carnivorous fish, valued as food, and are found in the North Pacific. Included in the group are the Atka mackerel (Pleurogrammus monopterygius), a banded, black and yellow fish valued for food and sport; the lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus), a codlike, California species; and the ainame (Hexagrammos otakii), a common food fish of Japan.

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