Definition of candlefish in English:

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candlefish

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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.

Origin

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

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Line breaks: candle|fish

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