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

  • noun Any of several northern marine fishes of the family Anarhichadidae, having a long tapering body and a large head with powerful teeth used to feed on mollusks.

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  • noun Any fish of the family Anarhichadidae.

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  • noun large ferocious northern deep-sea food fishes with strong teeth and no pelvic fins
  • noun large elongate scaleless oceanic fishes with sharp teeth and a long dorsal fin that resembles a sail


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  • We have caught 17 Greenland halibut and one northern wolffish: a splendid return for two hours' tea-drinking.

    World's race for economic growth threatens Greenland's pure white wilderness

  • Larval and 0-group cod and capelin, as well as species such as haddock, wolffish, tusk ( '' Brosme brosme ''), and ling ( '' Molva molva '') may also be carried by the western branch of the Irminger Current across to East Greenland and onward to West Greenland [18] (see Fig. 13.6).

    Fisheries and aquaculture in the Central North Atlantic (Iceland and Greenland)

  • Benthic animals are also important in the diet of many fish species, especially haddock, wolffish ( '' Anarhichas lupus ''), various species of flatfish, and cod.

    Fisheries and aquaculture in the Central North Atlantic (Iceland and Greenland)

  • There were declines in abundance of broadhead wolffish and thorny skate.

    Newfoundland-Labrador Shelf large marine ecosystem

  • The Atlanta Fish Market restaurant has a similarly long problem menu: Maine wolffish (slow growing, avoid), “Peruvian seabass” (the same thing as Chilean sea bass and from just as far south), and Georges Bank cod (avoid).

    Terms of Endangerment

  • It is the lake cusk or freshwater ling and could be utilized on our tables; but the wolffish, the rock blenny, the angler or goosefish, the skate, and twenty other kinds, are of great value as food.

    Canada's Fishery Resources

  • The amount of fish caught per unit of fishing power has declined markedly since 1889: Halibut catch has declined 500 times, haddock has fallen more than 100 times, plaice, wolffish, hake and ling have decline more than 20 times, with cod declining by 87%.


  • The Atlantic wolffish lives along the ocean bottom in deep waters off New England.

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  • BOSTON - An independent team is expected to review scientific and commercial data to determine whether to grant federal protection for the Atlantic wolffish.

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  • The wolffish have powerful jaws and teeth that can crush lobsters, urchins, clams, scallops and crabs.

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