frostfish

/frawst"fish', frost"-/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) frostfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) frostfishes.
1. either of two North American fishes, the tomcod of the Atlantic Ocean or the round whitefish, that appear when frost sets in.
2. cutlassfish.
[1625-35, Amer.; FROST + FISH]

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Synonyms:
(Morrhua pruinosa)


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  • frostfish — ☆ frostfish [frôst′fish΄ ] n. pl. frostfish or frostfishes (see FISH) 1. TOMCOD 2. any of various fishes that appear in the early fall …   English World dictionary

  • Frostfish — Frost fish , n. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The tomcod; so called because it is abundant on the New England coast in autumn at about the commencement of frost. See {Tomcod}. (b) The smelt. [Local, U. S.] (c) A name applied in New Zealand to the scabbard fish… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frostfish — Tomcod Tom cod , n. [Tom (see {Tomboy}) + cod: cf. F. tacaud whiting pout, American Indian tacaud, literally, plenty fish.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A small edible American fish ({Microgadus tomcod}) of the Codfish family, very abundant in autumn on the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frostfish — cutlass fish cutlass fish, cutlassfish cutlassfish . 1. (Zo[ o]l.) a peculiar, long, thin, marine fish ({Trichiurus lepturus}) of the southern United States and West Indies, having a long whiplike scaleless body and sharp daggerlike teeth; called …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frostfish — Scabbard Scab bard, n. [OE. scaubert, scauberk, OF. escaubers, escauberz, pl., scabbards, probably of German or Scan. origin; cf. Icel. sk[=a]lpr scabbard, and G. bergen to conceal. Cf. {Hauberk}.] The case in which the blade of a sword, dagger,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frostfish — atlantinė menkytė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Microgadus tomcod angl. Atlantic tomcod; frostfish rus. атлантический томкод ryšiai: platesnis terminas – amerikinės menkytės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • frostfish — uodegotoji kalavija statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Lepidopus caudatus angl. buttersnock; frostfish; scabbard fish rus. хвостатая рыба сабля; хвостатый лепидоп ryšiai: platesnis terminas –… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • frostfish — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun 1. : tomcod 1a 2. : smelt 1a(1) 3. New Zealand : a scabbard fish (Lepidopus caudatus) * * * /frawst fish , frost /, n., pl. (esp. collectively) frostfish …   Useful english dictionary

  • frostfish — n. Tom cod (Morrhua pruinosa) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • North-Pacific frostfish — Taxobox name = North Pacific frostfish regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata class = Actinopterygii ordo = Perciformes familia = Trichiuridae genus = Benthodesmus species = B. pacificus binomial = Benthodesmus pacificus binomial authority = Parin… …   Wikipedia

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