Blueback

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Blueback (Zoöl) A trout (Salmo oquassa) inhabiting some of the lakes of Maine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blueback A local English name (current in Yorkshire) of the coal-fish, in allusion to the bluish color of the back.
    • n blueback The blue-backed salmon or nerka, Oncorhynchus nerka, known in Idaho as the red-fish.
    • n blueback In Maryland and Virginia, the glut-herring; a herring-like fish, Clupea æstivalis, without vomerine or palatine teeth, with the lower jaw projecting but little, and the peritoneum blackish. It is much like the alewife, but of less value.
    • n blueback A local name in Maine of the blue-backed trout, Salvelinus oquassa.
    • n blueback The lake-herring, Argyrosomus artedi, of the Great Lakes.
    • n blueback A banknote of the Confederate States. Compare greenback.
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Usage

In literature:

Yes ma'am I remember's McGuffey's and the Blueback speller too.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The Government L1 bluebacks were selling at 1s.
"The Transvaal from Within" by J. P. Fitzpatrick
But in good weather, in the season, the blueback and spring salmon swim in vast schools across the end of Squitty.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
De niggers has de blueback spellers and larns 'rithmetic, too.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
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In poetry:

Sundays too my father got up early
And put his clothes on in the blueback cold,
then with cracked hands that ached
from labor in the weekday weather made
banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.
"Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden

In news:

Bluegill trumps bluebacks at 2008 Clash.
Many anglers reported seeing big spotted bass feeding heavily on shad and blueback herring on top.
Ashley has perspective on bass relating to bluebacks.
Elite Series pro Casey Ashley has been around long enough to observe how blueback herring have changed bass fishing in the lakes near his hometown of Donalds, S.C.
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