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 (kăp′ə-lĭn, kăp′lĭn) also cap·lin (kăp′lĭn)
A small marine fish (Mallotus villosus) of northern waters, closely related to the smelts and valued especially for its roe.

[Canadian French capelan, from French, codfish, from Old Provençal, from Medieval Latin cappelānus; see chaplain.]


(ˈkæpəlɪn) or


(Animals) a small marine food fish, Mallotus villosus, occurring in northern and Arctic seas: family Osmeridae (smelts)
[C17: from French capelan, from Old Provençal, literally: chaplain]


(ˈkæp ə lɪn)

a small food fish, Mallotus villosus, of North American coastal waters, related to the smelt.
[1610–20, Amer.; < Middle French capelan < Old Provençal: codfish, literally, chaplain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.capelin - very small northern fishcapelin - very small northern fish; forage for sea birds and marine mammals and other fishes
smelt - small trout-like silvery marine or freshwater food fishes of cold northern waters
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Given the relative ecology of arctic cod and capelin, the trends that we have identified seem best explained by changes in the oceanography of northern Hudson Bay, perhaps driven by temperature increases over recent decades.
Research on the potential of maximizing the use of Argentine long rough dab and capelin has received funding in Germany.
These species included: Peruvian anchovy, Alaskan king crab, Atlantic cod, haddock, Pacific salmon, herring (northeast and northwest Atlantic stocks), capelin, pilchard, halibut, and Pacific ocean perch.
5lb and Pontypool visitors Ryan Smith and Josh Capelin had 50 carp to 8lb between them.
This comes in stark contrast to last year's proposal, which included heavy cuts in some fishing areas for yellowtail flounder (-100%), capelin (-100%), Norway pout (-100%), dogfish (-75%), herring (-60%), redfish (-36.
They found that the dominant prey species were forage species like pandalid shrimp, capelin (Mallotus villosus), and walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma).
Sumailai's short paper on the optimal landing strategies for cod and capelin in the Barents Sea), the chapters on fishing societies were written by scholars trained in the "softer" social sciences and are more qualitative in character.
In contrast to the situation in the Barents Sea, Iceland reached an amicable accord with the European Union last summer, with the EU agreeing to let Iceland catch up to 30,000 tons of Capelin off Greenland in rerum for the EU being allowed to take up to 3,000 tons of redfish in Icelandic waters.
David Capelin swung as and wedge at his one-year-old bull mastiff-cross, Lucy, after discovering she had eaten his shopping and 'messed' on the kitchen floor.