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Definition of blackfish:

  1. A fish of southern Europe ( Centrolophus pompilus) of the Mackerel family.
  2. A small kind of whale, of the genus Globicephalus, of several species. The most common is G. melas. Also sometimes applied to other whales of larger size.
  3. The black sea bass ( Centropristis atrarius) of the Atlantic coast. It is excellent food fish; - locally called also black Harry.
  4. The female salmon in the spawning season.
  5. The tautog of New England ( Tautoga).

Synonyms:

pilot whale, common blackfish, tautog, Tautoga onitis, black whale, Globicephala melaena, sperm whale, cachalot.

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