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black·fish

 (blăk′fĭsh′)
n. pl. blackfish or black·fish·es
1. Any of various dark-colored fishes, such as:
a. A small edible freshwater fish (Dallia pectoralis) that inhabits streams and ponds of Alaska and Siberia and is noted for its ability to withstand freezing.
b. See tautog.
2. Any of several dark-colored toothed whales, especially the pilot whale.

blackfish

(ˈblækˌfɪʃ)
n, pl -fish or -fishes
1. (Animals) a minnow-like Alaskan freshwater fish, Dallia pectoralis, related to the pikes and thought to be able to survive prolonged freezing
2. (Animals) a female salmon that has recently spawned. Compare redfish1
3. (Animals) any of various other dark fishes, esp the luderick, a common edible Australian estuary fish
4. (Animals) another name for pilot whale

black•fish

(ˈblækˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
1. any of various dark-colored fishes, as the tautog, Tautoga onitis, or the sea bass, Centropristis striata.
2. a small, freshwater food fish, Dallia pectoralis, found in Alaska and Siberia, noted for its ability to survive frozen in ice.
[1680–90, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blackfish - large dark-colored food fish of the Atlantic coast of North Americablackfish - large dark-colored food fish of the Atlantic coast of North America
wrasse - chiefly tropical marine fishes with fleshy lips and powerful teeth; usually brightly colored
2.blackfish - female salmon that has recently spawnedblackfish - female salmon that has recently spawned
salmon - any of various large food and game fishes of northern waters; usually migrate from salt to fresh water to spawn
3.blackfish - small dark-colored whale of the Atlantic coast of the United Statesblackfish - small dark-colored whale of the Atlantic coast of the United States; the largest male acts as pilot or leader for the school
dolphin - any of various small toothed whales with a beaklike snout; larger than porpoises
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Alaska blackfish (Dallia pectoralis) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) were the rarest species.
Alaska blackfish and rainbow trout were not found often enough to analyze statistically.
Alaska Blackfish (Esociformes: Esocidae: Dallia pectoralis) are small pikes similar in morphology to mudminnows belonging to the esociform genera Umbra and Novumbra (Nelson 2006; Campbell and others 2013).
Alaska Blackfish can tolerate hypoxic conditions in both summer (ice-free) and winter conditions (Ostdiek and Roland 1959; Ultsch 1989), and have been observed in water of 2.

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