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hake / hāk/ (pl. same or hakes) •
n. 1. a large-headed elongated food fish (genus Merluccius, family Merlucciidae) with long jaws and strong teeth. 2. any of a number of similar fishes related to the true hakes, esp. those of the northwestern Atlantic genus Urophycis (family Phycidae).
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code-like fish. XV. perh. for *hakefish
, f. (dial.) hake
hook (- ON. haki
; see HOOK
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Marine fish found in cold and temperate waters. Its streamlined body is silver and brown. Length: to 1m (40in); weight: to 14kg (30lb). Family Gadidae or Merluccidae; species Atlantic Merluccius bilinearis; Pacific M. productus.