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Definition of WHITEFISH

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Silver \Sil"ver\, a.
     1. Of or pertaining to silver; made of silver; as, silver leaf; a silver cup. [1913 Webster]

     2. Resembling silver. Specifically:
        (a) Bright; resplendent; white. "Silver hair." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

                  Others, on silver lakes and rivers, bathed Their downy breast.               --Milton. [1913 Webster] (b) Precious; costly. (c) Giving a clear, ringing sound soft and clear. "Silver voices." --Spenser. (d) Sweet; gentle; peaceful. "Silver slumber." --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

     {American silver fir} (Bot.), the balsam fir. See under {Balsam}.

     {Silver age} (Roman Lit.), the latter part (a. d. 14-180) of the classical period of Latinity, -- the time of writers of inferior purity of language, as compared with those of the previous golden age, so-called.

     {Silver-bell tree} (Bot.), an American shrub or small tree ({Halesia tetraptera}) with white bell-shaped flowers in clusters or racemes; the snowdrop tree.

     {Silver bush} (Bot.), a shrubby leguminous plant ({Anthyllis Barba-Jovis}) of Southern Europe, having silvery foliage.


     {Silver chub} (Zool.), the fallfish.

     {Silver eel}. (Zool.)
        (a) The cutlass fish.
        (b) A pale variety of the common eel.

     {Silver fir} (Bot.), a coniferous tree ({Abies pectinata}) found in mountainous districts in the middle and south of Europe, where it often grows to the height of 100 or 150 feet. It yields Burgundy pitch and Strasburg turpentine.


     {Silver foil}, foil made of silver.

     {Silver fox} (Zool.), a variety of the common fox ({Vulpes vulpes}, variety argenteus) found in the northern parts of Asia, Europe, and America. Its fur is nearly black, with silvery tips, and is highly valued. Called also {black fox}, and {silver-gray fox}.

     {Silver gar}. (Zool.) See {Billfish}
        (a) .

     {Silver grain} (Bot.), the lines or narrow plates of cellular tissue which pass from the pith to the bark of an exogenous stem; the medullary rays. In the wood of the oak they are much larger than in that of the beech, maple, pine, cherry, etc.

     {Silver grebe} (Zool.), the red-throated diver. See Illust. under {Diver}.

     {Silver hake} (Zool.), the American whiting.

     {Silver leaf}, leaves or sheets made of silver beaten very thin.

     {Silver lunge} (Zool.), the namaycush.

     {Silver moonfish}.(Zool.) See {Moonfish}
        (b) .

     {Silver moth} (Zool.), a lepisma.

     {Silver owl} (Zool.), the barn owl.

     {Silver perch} (Zool.), the mademoiselle, 2.

     {Silver pheasant} (Zool.), any one of several species of beautiful crested and long-tailed Asiatic pheasants, of the genus {Euplocamus}. They have the tail and more or less of the upper parts silvery white. The most common species ({Euplocamus nychtemerus}) is native of China.

     {Silver plate},
        (a) domestic utensils made of a base metal coated with silver. (b) a plating of silver on a base metal.

     {Silver plover} (Zool.), the knot.

     {Silver salmon} (Zool.), a salmon ({Oncorhynchus kisutch}) native of both coasts of the North Pacific. It ascends all the American rivers as far south as the Sacramento. Called also {kisutch}, {whitefish}, and {white salmon}.

     {Silver shell} (Zool.), a marine bivalve of the genus Anomia. See {Anomia}.

     {Silver steel}, an alloy of steel with a very small proportion of silver.

     {Silver stick}, a title given to the title field officer of the Life Guards when on duty at the palace. [Eng.]
        --Thackeray.

     {Silver tree} (Bot.), a South African tree ({Leucadendron argenteum}) with long, silvery, silky leaves.

     {Silver trout}, (Zool.) See {Trout}.

     {Silver wedding}. See under {Wedding}.

     {Silver whiting} (Zool.), a marine sciaenoid food fish ({Menticirrus littoralis}) native of the Southern United States; -- called also {surf whiting}.

     {Silver witch} (Zool.), A lepisma.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

menhaden \men*ha"den\, n. (Zool.)
     An American marine fish ({Brevoortia tyrannus}) of the Herring family ({Clupeidae}), chiefly valuable for its oil and as a component of fertilizers; -- called also {mossbunker}, {bony fish}, {chebog}, {pogy}, {hardhead}, {whitefish}, etc. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Whitefish \White"fish`\, n. (Zool.)
     (a) Any one of several species of {Coregonus}, a genus of excellent food fishes allied to the salmons. They inhabit the lakes of the colder parts of North America, Asia, and Europe. The largest and most important American species ({Coregonus clupeiformis}) is abundant in the Great Lakes, and in other lakes farther north. Called also {lake whitefish}, and {Oswego bass}. (b) The menhaden. (c) The beluga, or white whale. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Various other fishes are locally called whitefish, as the silver salmon, the whiting (a), the yellowtail, and the young of the bluefish ({Pomatomus saltatrix}). [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


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