Definition of capelin in English:

capelin

Line breaks: cap|elin
Pronunciation: /ˈkeɪplɪn
 
, ˈkap-/
(also caplin)

noun

  • A small fish of the North Atlantic, resembling a smelt. It is abundant in coastal waters and provides a staple food for humans and many animals.
    • Mallotus villosus, family Osmeridae
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    • For instance, WWF Norway says it is concerned about the impact of the crab - which has no natural enemies in Arctic waters - on the capelin, a fish considered central to the Barents Sea food chain.
    • Larger salmon eat a variety of fishes such as herring and alewives, smelts, capelin, small mackerel, sand lace, and small cod.
    • Like the capelin, these fish aggregate close to shore, then a female and associated males ride a wave to very shallow water, where they spawn on a fine gravel beach.

Origin

early 17th century: from French, from Provençal capelan, from medieval Latin cappellanus 'custodian' (see chaplain).

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