from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small edible marine fish (Mallotus villosus) of northern Atlantic and Pacific waters, related to and resembling the smelt.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small fish of the smelt family found in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, Mallotus villosus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Either of two small marine fishes formerly classified in the family Salmonidæ, now within the smelt family Osmeridae: Mallotus villosus, very abundant on the coasts of Greenland, Iceland, Newfoundland, and Alaska; or Mallotus catervarius, found in the North Pacific. The Atlantic variety has been used as a bait for the cod.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as caplin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. very small northern fish; forage for sea birds and marine mammals and other fishes
Canadian French capelan, from French, codfish, from Old Provençal, from Medieval Latin cappelānus; see chaplain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French capelan < Old Provençal capelan < Late Latin cappellanus ("chaplain"). (Wiktionary)