Definition of stockfish in English:

stockfish

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Pronunciation: /ˈstɒkfɪʃ
 
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noun (plural same or stockfishes)

1A commercially valuable hake of coastal waters of southern Africa.
  • Merluccius capensis, family Merlucciidae
More example sentences
  • Elf, called shad in KwaZuluNatal, are streamlined, silvery, olive-green fish sought after by anglers, but hake often called stockfish, is South Africa's most popular table fish.
2 [mass noun] Cod or a similar fish split and dried in the open air without salt.
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  • To be brief, both salt cod and stockfish have their origins in early medieval times.
  • Thomas had already, in May 1332, obtained a protection to assist him in taking 500 quarters of wheat to Norway to trade for stockfish, and he obtained similar export licences in March 1333 and January 1335.
  • In 1333 he and an associate were described as ‘king's merchants’ when licensed to take corn to Norway to trade for stockfish.’

Origin

Middle English (in sense 2): from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch stokvisch, of unknown origin; sense 1 (early 19th century) from South African Dutch.

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