Capelin
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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  • capelin — [kap′ə lin΄] n. pl. capelin or capelins [CdnFr < Fr capelan, codfish: jocular use of OProv capelan, chaplain] a small, slender smelt fish (Mallotus villosus) of northern seas, used as food and esp. as bait …   English World dictionary

  • Capelin — This article is about the fish. For the plant genus, see Mallotus (plant). Capelin Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • Capelin — Lodde Lodde (Mallotus villosus) Systematik Klasse: Knochenfische (Osteichthyes) Unterklasse …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Capelin — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. capelin, porc élevé traditionnellement et nourri avec des châtaignes capelin, nom vernaculaire utilisé pour désigner un poisson marin, le capelan… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • 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

  • capelin — paprastoji stintenė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Mallotus villosus angl. capelin; lodde rus. дальневосточная мойва; уёк ryšiai: platesnis terminas – stintenės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • capelin — noun Etymology: Canadian French capelan, from French, codfish, from Old Occitan, chaplain, codfish, from Medieval Latin cappellanus chaplain more at chaplain Date: 1620 a small northern sea fish (Mallotus villosus) of the smelt family …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • capelin — caplin …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • capelin — noun A small fish of the smelt family found in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, Mallotus villosus …   Wiktionary

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