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cap·e·lin(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.]
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(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]
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cap•e•lin(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]
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|Noun||1.||capelin - 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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