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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.]
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(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]
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(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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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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