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[tawrsk] /tɔrsk/
noun, plural torsks (especially collectively) torsk.
a cod.
cusk (def 1).
Origin of torsk
1700-10; < Norwegian; Old Norse thorskr, akin to thurr dry. See thirst Unabridged
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  • Waterfowl were in considerable abundance: but torsk and holibut were almost the only kinds of fish that were caught.

  • A name among the Shetlanders for the excellent fish called tusk or torsk, the best of the cod kind (Brosmius vulgaris).

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for torsk


noun (pl) torsks, torsk
a gadoid food fish, Brosmius brosme, of northern coastal waters, having a single long dorsal fin Usual US and Canadian name cusk
Word Origin
C17: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse thorskr codfish, Danish torsk
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