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inconnu

[in-kuh-noo, -nyoo, ing-; French an-kaw-ny] /ˌɪn kəˈnu, -ˈnyu, ˌɪŋ-; French ɛ̃ kɔˈnü/
noun, plural inconnus
[in-kuh-nooz, -nyooz, ing-; French an-kaw-ny] /ˌɪn kəˈnuz, -ˈnyuz, ˌɪŋ-; French ɛ̃ kɔˈnü/ (Show IPA),
(especially collectively for 2) inconnu.
1.
a person who is unknown; stranger.
2.
Also called sheefish. a game fish, Stenodus leucichthys, of fresh or brackish northern waters.
Origin of inconnu
1800-1810
1800-10; < French: literally, unknown, equivalent to in- in-3 + connu, past participle of connaître to know, be acquainted with < Latin cognōscere; see cognition
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  • Mr. Blondelle, or Captain 'inconnu,' did you want to see me?

    Tried for Her Life Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • Footnote 2: The authorities for the period are Masson: Napolon inconnu.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • This is probably the earliest notice of the inconnu, Stenodus Mackenzii (Richardson).

  • Footnote 14: The volumes of Napolon inconnu contain the text of these papers as deciphered for M. Masson and revised by him.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • Other members of the band joined them at the meal, and Captain inconnu and Gentiliska did the honors.

    Tried for Her Life Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • There remain in these streams hundreds of miles unnavigated, and channels innumerable known only to the inconnu and the Indian.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • The whole proportion is denounced by several men of standing and experience, none of whom are "inconnu."

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • I tell you that Captain 'inconnu' came to your cave on the same errand that brought his lieutenant here.

    Tried for Her Life Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • But Captain inconnu vouchsafed neither word nor glance to his son, and no other one presumed to present him to the lady guest.

    Tried for Her Life Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • My thirst for the blood of this inconnu has modified considerably in the past few days.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
British Dictionary definitions for inconnu

inconnu

/ˈɪnkənuː/
noun
1.
a North American freshwater food and game fish, Stenodus leucichthys, related to the salmon
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: unknown
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Contemporary definitions for inconnu
noun

a game whitefish of Alaska and Canada; also called sheefish

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