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candlefish Syllabification: can·dle·fish
Pronunciation: /ˈkandlˌfiSH/

Definition of candlefish in English:

noun (plural same or candlefishes)

A small, edible marine fish with oily flesh, occurring on the west coast of North America. Also called eulachon.
  • Thaleichthys pacificus, family Osmeridae
Example sentences
  • Gulls wheeled and screamed over the first slug of spawning candlefish.
  • Both herring and candlefish can be imitated with Marabous or weighted or unweighted Clouser Minnows.
  • He'll then switch his lures to match the size of the candlefish, usually about 2 to 3 inches long.


So named because the Chinook Indians formerly burned the oily bodies of these fish as candles.

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