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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
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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Examples from the web for inconnu
  • Characterization of a cell line derived from inconnu.
  • inconnu are large, mostly silver fi sh that have a dark blue to greenish-grey back and a white belly.
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

an unknown person, stranger; alien

Usage Note

feminine form is inconnue

noun

a game whitefish of Alaska and Canada; also called sheefish

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