candlefish


candlefish
/ˈkændlfɪʃ/ (say 'kandlfish)

noun (plural candlefish or candlefishes)
a small edible fish, Thaleichthys pacificus, of the north-western coast of America, of the smelt family, with flesh so oily that when the fish is dried it may be used as a candle.
Usage: For variation in the plural inflection, see note at fish1.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • candlefish — [kan′dəlfish΄] n. pl. candlefish a small, oily, edible smelt fish (Thaleichthys pacificus) of the N Pacific: when dried it can be burned as a candle …   English World dictionary

  • Candlefish — Can dle*fish , n. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A marine fish ({Thaleichthys Pacificus}), allied to the smelt, found on the north Pacific coast; called also {eulachon}. It is so oily that, when dried, it may be used as a candle, by drawing a wick through it.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • candlefish — Beshow Be*show , n. [Native name.] (Zo[ o]l.) A large food fish ({Anoplopoma fimbria}) of the north Pacific coast; called also {candlefish}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • candlefish — /kan dl fish /, n., pl. (esp. collectively) candlefish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) candlefishes. 1. Also called eulachon. a small, edible, smeltlike fish, Thaleichthys pacificus, of northwestern coastal waters of North… …   Universalium

  • candlefish — Ramiojo vandenyno stinta statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Thaleichthys pacificus angl. candlefish; eulachon rus. тихоокеанский талеихт; тихоокеанский эвлахон ryšiai: platesnis terminas – Ramiojo… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • candlefish — noun Date: 1866 a very oily anadromous marine food fish (Thaleichthys pacificus) of the smelt family that occurs along the North Pacific coast called also eulachon …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • candlefish — noun An oily edible fish, Thaleichthys pacificus, from the northern Pacific, that was once dried and used as a candle or torch by the Chinook indians Syn: eulachon …   Wiktionary

  • candlefish — noun (plural same or candlefishes) a small edible marine fish with oily flesh, occurring on the west coast of North America. [Thaleichthys pacificus.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • candlefish — can•dle•fish [[t]ˈkæn dlˌfɪʃ[/t]] n. pl. (esp. collectively) fish, (esp. for kinds or species) fish•es. ich a small, edible, smeltlike fish, Thaleichthys pacificus, of NW coastal waters of N America, so oily that when dried it can be used as a… …   From formal English to slang

  • candlefish — ˈ ̷ ̷dəlˌfish noun Etymology: so called from the use of the fish as a candle by American Indians 1. : a marine fish (Thaleichthys pacificus) of the north Pacific coast related to the smelt, highly esteemed as a food fish, and so oily that when… …   Useful english dictionary


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