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 (wīt′fĭsh′, hwīt′-)
n. pl. whitefish or white·fish·es
a. Any of various freshwater salmonid food fishes of the genera Coregonus and Prosopium chiefly of North America, having a generally white or silvery color.
b. Any of various similar or related fishes, such as the lake herring, whiting, or menhaden.
2. See beluga.


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) 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


(ˈʰwaɪtˌfɪʃ, ˈwaɪt-)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
1. any of several fishes of the genera Coregonus and Prosopium, inhabiting northern waters of North America and Eurasia, similar to the trout but having a smaller mouth and larger scales.
2. any of various similar or related fishes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whitefish - any market fish--edible saltwater fish or shellfish--except herring
seafood - edible fish (broadly including freshwater fish) or shellfish or roe etc
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
2.whitefish - flesh of salmon-like or trout-like cold-water fish of cold lakes of the northern hemisphere
whitefish - silvery herring-like freshwater food fish of cold lakes of the northern hemisphere
freshwater fish - flesh of fish from fresh water used as food
cisco, lake herring - cold-water fish caught in Lake Superior and northward
3.whitefish - silvery herring-like freshwater food fish of cold lakes of the northern hemispherewhitefish - silvery herring-like freshwater food fish of cold lakes of the northern hemisphere
malacopterygian, soft-finned fish - any fish of the superorder Malacopterygii
food fish - any fish used for food by human beings
Coregonidae, family Coregonidae - soft-finned fishes comprising the freshwater whitefishes; formerly included in the family Salmonidae
Coregonus clupeaformis, lake whitefish - found in the Great Lakes and north to Alaska
Coregonus artedi, lake herring, cisco - important food fish of cold deep lakes of North America
Menominee whitefish, Prosopium cylindraceum, round whitefish - a whitefish with a bronze back; of northern North America and Siberia
Prosopium williamsonii, Rocky Mountain whitefish - whitefish of the western United States and Canada
whitefish - flesh of salmon-like or trout-like cold-water fish of cold lakes of the northern hemisphere


[ˈwaɪtfɪʃ] N (= species) → corégono m; (collectively) → pescado m magro, pescado m blanco
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