Etymology
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whitefish (n.)

collective name for cod, haddock, hake, sole, etc., mid-15c., from white (adj.) + fish (n.).

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Definitions of whitefish

whitefish (n.)
any market fish--edible saltwater fish or shellfish--except herring;
whitefish (n.)
flesh of salmon-like or trout-like cold-water fish of cold lakes of the northern hemisphere;
whitefish (n.)
silvery herring-like freshwater food fish of cold lakes of the northern hemisphere;
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