Etymology
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hake (n.)

type of sea fish, late 13c., probably from Old English haca "a hook, door-fastening" (related to hacod "pike" the fish), or from cognate Old Norse haki "hook;" in either case the fish so called from the shape of its jaw; both from Proto-Germanic *hakan (cognate with Dutch hake "hook"), from PIE root *keg- "hook, tooth."

updated on June 01, 2017

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Definitions of hake from WordNet

hake (n.)
the lean flesh of a fish similar to cod;
hake (n.)
any of several marine food fishes related to cod;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.