eulachon

(redirected from Uthlecan)

eu·la·chon

 (yo͞o′lə-kŏn′)
n. pl. eulachon or eu·la·chons

[Chinook Jargon ulχan, from Lower Chinook (Chinookan language of the lower Columbia River valley) úl̷χan, dried eulachon.]

eulachon

(ˈjuːləˌkɒn) or

eulachan

n, pl -chons, -chon, -chans or -chan
(Animals) another name for candlefish
[from Chinook Jargon ulâkân]

can•dle•fish

(ˈkæn dlˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
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 candle.
Also called eulachon.
[1880–85]
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As the uthlecan is only found in the lower part of the river, the arrival of it soon brought back the natives to the coast; who again resorted to the factory to trade, and from that time furnished plentiful supplies of fish.
The sturgeon makes its appearance in the river shortly after the uthlecan, and is taken in different ways by the natives: sometimes they spear it; but oftener they use the hook and line, and the net.