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n. pl. candlefish or can·dle·fish·es
An oily edible fish (Thaleichthys pacificus) of northern Pacific waters, formerly dried and used as a torch by Native Americans. Also called eulachon.


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) a salmonoid food fish, Thaleichthys pacificus, that occurs in the N Pacific and has oily flesh. Also called: eulachon


(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.
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Or make your own scented candle in their newly opened Candlefish shop at 71 Wentworth.
Traditionally able to sustain themselves throughout the year on seasonal migrations of the river's salmon, trout, and candlefish, tribal members suffered greatly as the runs declined or went extinct.
5) The candlefish, also called the eulachon (YOU-leh-kon)