Candlefish
Candlefish Can"dle*fish`, n. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A marine fish ({Thaleichthys Pacificus}), allied to the smelt, found on the north Pacific coast; -- called also {eulachon}. It is so oily that, when dried, it may be used as a candle, by drawing a wick through it. (b) The beshow. [1913 Webster]

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  • candlefish — [kan′dəlfish΄] n. pl. candlefish a small, oily, edible smelt fish (Thaleichthys pacificus) of the N Pacific: when dried it can be burned as a candle …   English World dictionary

  • candlefish — Beshow Be*show , n. [Native name.] (Zo[ o]l.) A large food fish ({Anoplopoma fimbria}) of the north Pacific coast; called also {candlefish}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • candlefish — /kan dl fish /, n., pl. (esp. collectively) candlefish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) candlefishes. 1. Also called eulachon. a small, edible, smeltlike fish, Thaleichthys pacificus, of northwestern coastal waters of North… …   Universalium

  • candlefish — /ˈkændlfɪʃ/ (say kandlfish) noun (plural candlefish or candlefishes) a small edible fish, Thaleichthys pacificus, of the north western coast of America, of the smelt family, with flesh so oily that when the fish is dried it may be used as a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • candlefish — Ramiojo vandenyno stinta statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Thaleichthys pacificus angl. candlefish; eulachon rus. тихоокеанский талеихт; тихоокеанский эвлахон ryšiai: platesnis terminas – Ramiojo… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • candlefish — noun Date: 1866 a very oily anadromous marine food fish (Thaleichthys pacificus) of the smelt family that occurs along the North Pacific coast called also eulachon …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • candlefish — noun An oily edible fish, Thaleichthys pacificus, from the northern Pacific, that was once dried and used as a candle or torch by the Chinook indians Syn: eulachon …   Wiktionary

  • candlefish — noun (plural same or candlefishes) a small edible marine fish with oily flesh, occurring on the west coast of North America. [Thaleichthys pacificus.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • candlefish — can•dle•fish [[t]ˈkæn dlˌfɪʃ[/t]] n. pl. (esp. collectively) fish, (esp. for kinds or species) fish•es. ich 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… …   From formal English to slang

  • candlefish — ˈ ̷ ̷dəlˌfish noun Etymology: so called from the use of the fish as a candle by American Indians 1. : a marine fish (Thaleichthys pacificus) of the north Pacific coast related to the smelt, highly esteemed as a food fish, and so oily that when… …   Useful english dictionary

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