Definition of candlefish in English:


Syllabification: can·dle·fish
Pronunciation: /ˈkandlˌfiSH

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
    More 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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