Definition of hake in English:

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Pronunciation: /heɪk/


1A large-headed elongated fish with long jaws and strong teeth. It is a valuable commercial food fish.
  • Family Merlucciidae and genus Merluccius: several species, including the European hake (M. merluccius).
Example sentences
  • Cod, hake, whiting, mackerel and skate as well as shellfish were pulled from the sea.
  • Ask your fishmonger what is best for grilling at this time of year - some suggestions are salmon, haddock, tuna, trout, hake, cod.
  • Fish such as hake, cod, tuna, swordfish, sole and sea bass could be on-grown by a ship restocking Spanish waters according to those behind the project.
2Any of a number of fishes related to the true hakes.
  • Species in several families, especially in the NW Atlantic genus Urophycis (family Phycidae).
Example sentences
  • They resemble the true hakes in having two dorsal fins and one anal fin and no barbel.
  • Like all export related industries, the hake industry has been negatively affected by the strong local currency reducing the amount of money earned.
  • Contraventions of the act related to catching crayfish, hake and toothfish without a permit and offloading catches without inspectors present.


Middle English: perhaps from Old English haca 'hook'.

Words that rhyme with hake

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