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

  • n. A pure white grade of chalk that has been ground and washed for use in paints, ink, and putty.
  • n. A food fish (Merlangus merlangus) of European Atlantic waters, related to the cod.
  • n. Any of several marine food fishes of the genera Menticirrhus and Merluccius, including the corbina and the silver hake, of North American coastal waters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fine white chalk used in paints, putty, whitewash etc.
  • n. In full whiting tree. (see variant whitten).
  • n. A fish, Merlangius merlangus, similar to cod, found in the North Atlantic.
  • n. Any of several marine fish found in North American coastal waters, including Merluccius bilinearis (the silver hake).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. A common European food fish (Melangus vulgaris) of the Codfish family; -- called also fittin.
  • n. A North American fish (Merlucius vulgaris) allied to the preceding; -- called also silver hake.
  • n. Any one of several species of North American marine sciænoid food fishes belonging to genus Menticirrhus, especially Menticirrhus Americanus, found from Maryland to Brazil, and Menticirrhus littoralis, common from Virginia to Texas; -- called also silver whiting, and surf whiting.
  • n. Chalk prepared in an impalpable powder by pulverizing and repeated washing, used as a pigment, as an ingredient in putty, for cleaning silver, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given to a large number of unrelated silvery and white fishes, for example to different seiænoid, clupeoid, and gadoid fishes.
  • n. Chalk which has been dried either in the air or in a kiln, and afterward ground, levigated, and again dried.
  • n. A gadoid fish of Europe, Merlangus vulgaris, or another of this genus.
  • n. In the United States, one of several sciænoid fishes of the genus Menticirrus, as M. americanus. The silver whiting, or surf-whiting, is M. littoralis.
  • n. The silver hake, Merlucius biline-aris.
  • n. The menhaden.

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

  • n. a food fish of the Atlantic waters of Europe resembling the cod; sometimes placed in genus Gadus
  • n. any of several food fishes of North American coastal waters
  • n. flesh of a cod-like fish of the Atlantic waters of Europe
  • n. found off Atlantic coast of North America
  • n. flesh of any of a number of slender food fishes especially of Atlantic coasts of North America
  • n. a small fish of the genus Sillago; excellent food fish


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

Middle English whityng, from whiten, to whiten, from white, white; see white.
Middle English whitynge, from Middle Dutch wijting; see kweit- in Indo-European roots.

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Late Old English (11th Century - Mid 12th Century)



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