Mallotus catervarius
Capelin Cape"lin, n. [Cf. F. capelan, caplan.] (Zo["o]l.) Either of two small marine fishes formerly classified in the family {Salmonid[ae]}, now within the smelt family {Osmeridae}: {Mallotus villosus}, very abundant on the coasts of Greenland, Iceland, Newfoundland, and Alaska; or {Mallotus catervarius}, found in the North Pacific. The Atlantic variety has been used as a bait for the cod. [Written also {capelan} and {caplin}.] [1913 Webster + PJC]

Note: This fish, which is like a smelt, is called by the Spaniards anchova, and by the Portuguese capelina. However the {anchovy} used as a food is a different fish. --Fisheries of U. S. (1884). [1913 Webster + PJC] ||


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  • Mallotus villosus — Capelin Cape lin, n. [Cf. F. capelan, caplan.] (Zo[ o]l.) Either of two small marine fishes formerly classified in the family {Salmonid[ae]}, now within the smelt family {Osmeridae}: {Mallotus villosus}, very abundant on the coasts of Greenland,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • capelan — Capelin Cape lin, n. [Cf. F. capelan, caplan.] (Zo[ o]l.) Either of two small marine fishes formerly classified in the family {Salmonid[ae]}, now within the smelt family {Osmeridae}: {Mallotus villosus}, very abundant on the coasts of Greenland,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Capelin — Cape lin, n. [Cf. F. capelan, caplan.] (Zo[ o]l.) Either of two small marine fishes formerly classified in the family {Salmonid[ae]}, now within the smelt family {Osmeridae}: {Mallotus villosus}, very abundant on the coasts of Greenland, Iceland …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caplin — Capelin Cape lin, n. [Cf. F. capelan, caplan.] (Zo[ o]l.) Either of two small marine fishes formerly classified in the family {Salmonid[ae]}, now within the smelt family {Osmeridae}: {Mallotus villosus}, very abundant on the coasts of Greenland,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • capelin — /kap euh lin/, n. either of two small fishes of the smelt family, Mallotus villosus, of coastal North American waters, or M. catervarius, of the North Pacific. Also, caplin. [1610 20, Amer.; < MF capelan < OPr: codfish, lit., CHAPLAIN] * * * ▪… …   Universalium

  • capelin — /ˈkæpələn/ (say kapuhluhn) noun (plural capelin or capelins) either of two small fishes of the smelt family, of the North American coasts of the Atlantic (Mallotus villosus) and Pacific (M. catervarius). {French caplan, capelan, probably from… …   Australian English dictionary

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