from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several North American freshwater fishes of the genus Coregonus whose upper and lower jaws are the same length, unlike other whitefishes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A name of sundry species of whitefish, of the genus Coregonus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The Lake herring (Coregonus Artedi), valuable food fish of the Great Lakes of North America. The name is also applied to Coregonus Hoyi, a related species of Lake Michigan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun cold-water fish caught in Lake Superior and northward
  • noun important food fish of cold deep lakes of North America


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Canadian French ciscoette, from Ojibwa bemidewiskawed, the (fish) with oily skin.]

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From French ciscoette ("siscowet"), from Ojibwe siscowet ("cooks itself").


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