noun, plural (especially collectively) hake (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) hakes.
any marine fish of the genus Merluccius, closely related to the cods, especially M. bilinearis, found off the New England coast.
any of several related marine fishes, especially of the genus Urophycis.

1275–1325; Middle English; special use of Old English haca hook; compare Middle Low German haken kipper salmon

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hake1 (heɪk)
n , pl hake, hakes
1.  any gadoid food fish of the genus Merluccius, such as M. merluccius (European hake), of the N hemisphere, having an elongated body with a large head and two dorsal fins
2.  any North American fish of the genus Urophycis, similar and related to Merluccius species
3.  (Austral) another name for barracouta
[C15: perhaps from Old Norse haki hook; compare Old English hacod pike; see hook]

hake2 (heɪk)
a wooden frame for drying cheese or fish
[C18: variant of heck²]

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c.1310, probably from O.E. haca "a hook" (in hacod "pike" the fish), or O.N. haki "hook," from the shape of its jaw.
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In the two dining rooms you can choose from a variety of marine dishes such as shrimp, hake, or monkfish.
Grilled filet of mahimahi is another one of our favorites, as is the grilled filet of hake.
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