• WordNet 3.6
    • n capelin very small northern fish; forage for sea birds and marine mammals and other fishes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Capelin (Zoöl) Either of two small marine fishes formerly classified in the family Salmonidæ, now within the smelt family Osmeridae: Mallotus villosus, very abundant on the coasts of Greenland, Iceland, Newfoundland, and Alaska; or Mallotus catervarius, found in the North Pacific. The Atlantic variety has been used as a bait for the cod.☞ This fish, which is like a smelt, is called by the Spaniards anchova, and by the Portuguese capelina. However the anchovy used as a food is a different fish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n capelin Same as caplin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Capelin kap′e-lin a small fish of the smelt family, extremely abundant on the coasts of Newfoundland, and much used as bait in the cod-fishery
    • Capelin Also Cap′lin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. capelan, caplan,


In literature:

Fish were scarce, capelin never struck in, fur could not be got.
"Labrador Days" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
Atlantic fin whales eat a wide variety of foods, including krill, capelin, squid, herring, and lanternfish.
"Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic" by Stephen Leatherwood

In news:

A California company has recalled several thousand pounds of frozen capelin because of fears the fish is contaminated with bacteria that could cause life-threatening botulism.