[hwahyt-fish, wahyt-]
noun, plural (especially collectively) whitefish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) whitefishes.
any of several fishes of the family Coregonidae, inhabiting northern waters of North America and Eurasia, similar to the trout but having a smaller mouth and larger scales. Compare lake whitefish, round whitefish.
a marine food fish of California, Caulolatilus princeps.
any of various silvery fishes of the minnow or carp family.
the beluga, Delphinapterus leucas.

1425–75; late Middle English; see white, fish

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To whitefish
World English Dictionary
whitefish (ˈwaɪtˌfɪʃ)
n , pl -fish, -fishes
any herring-like salmonoid food fish of the genus Coregonus and family Coregonidae, typically of deep cold lakes of the N hemisphere, having large silvery scales and a small head

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Fish is also a staple, with varieties such as salmon, whitefish and herring.
The lake whitefish is the largest of our four whitefish species.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature