torsk

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n torsk large edible marine fish of northern coastal waters; related to cod
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Torsk (Zoöl) The cusk. See Cusk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n torsk A gadoid fish, Brosmius brosme, belonging to the subfamily Brosmiinæ of the cod family. It is found in great numbers about the Orkney and Shetland islands, where it constitutes an important article of trade. When salted and dried it is one of the most savory of stockfish. It varies from 18 to 30 inches in length, has a small head, a long tapering body, with long unbroken dorsal and anal fin, a rounded caudal fin, and a single barbule under the chin. The color is dingy-yellow above and white below. Also called cusk and tusk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Torsk torsk a genus of fish of the cod family, abundant in the northern parts of the Atlantic Ocean, characterised by a single long dorsal fin, and by having the vertical fins separate.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dan.; akin to Icel. þorskr, a codfish, G. dorsch,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sw. torsk; Ger. dorsch, a haddock.

Usage

In literature:

A term indiscriminately applied to cod, ling, haddock, torsk, &c., salted and dried.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
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In poetry:

We'll sing while we bait, and we'll sing while we haul
For the deeps of the Haaf have enough for us all:
There is torsk for the gentle, and skate for the carle,
And there's wealth for bold Magnus, the son of the earl.
"Song of the Zetland Fisherman" by Sir Walter Scott