One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large-headed elongated fish with long jaws and strong teeth. It is a valuable commercial food fish.
Family Merlucciidae and genus Merluccius: several species, including the European hake (M. merluccius)
- ‘Experts warn that continued intensive fishing would mean stocks of cod as well as other popular fish like hake and haddock might never recover.’
- ‘But what about a bigger selection of cheaper, often neglected but worthwhile fish such as skate, squid, hake, ultra-fresh mackerel, even good old herring?’
- ‘The only other fish with three distinct dorsal fins are hakes and cods.’
- ‘The hake industry is, commercially, the most valuable fishing industry in Namibia.’
- ‘Except for the poor appearance of the very valuable demersal species, hake, monk, kingklip and sole, the vessels also experience a lot of trouble with the ever-growing number of seals in Namibian waters.’
- ‘The name, originally a German word, was a general one for any dried white fish, most often cod, but also pollack, whiting, hake, and others.’
- ‘The main catches have been monk, megs, hake whiting and haddock.’
- ‘Some of the fish should be firm-fleshed and gelatinous like halibut, eel, and winter flounder, and some tender and flaky like hake, baby cod, small pollock, and lemon sole.’
- ‘It is only found in the muscles of amphibians and many fish species such as hake, yellowtail and pilchard.’
- ‘The latest hamper included fresh turbot, hake and cod from Aberdeen Fish Market as well as Arbroath Smokies, smoked salmon and kippers.’
- ‘Not only will the cuts apply to cod but will apply also to associated species such as whiting, haddock, sole, saithe, monk, plaice, prawns, hake and megrim.’
- ‘Other species to be avoided include hake, monkfish, halibut, skate, blue ling, sea bass and shark because they are all threatened species, the guide says.’
- ‘But if you can't find the best cod, then use chunky hake, haddock or sea bass fillets instead.’
- ‘The bulletin said the contraction during the fourth quarter was reflected in the species such as demersal hake, horse mackerel and rock lobster.’
- ‘Experts want a total ban on cod, whiting and hake fishing in the Irish Sea, a measure that would affect about a fifth of the Irish fishing industry.’
- ‘Ask your fishmonger what is best for grilling at this time of year - some suggestions are salmon, haddock, tuna, trout, hake, cod.’
- ‘The bulk of the diet of large congers is made up of small fish, from cod and hake in deep water to mackerel and herring in shallow water.’
- ‘The main species harvested are hake, horse mackerel and pilchard, whilst other species such as monk, anchovy, tuna and sole also contribute to this sector.’
- ‘Cod, hake, whiting, mackerel and skate as well as shellfish were pulled from the sea.’
- ‘Fish such as hake, cod, tuna, swordfish, sole and sea bass could be on-grown by a ship restocking Spanish waters according to those behind the project.’
2Any of a number of fishes related to the true hakes.
Species in several families, especially in the NW Atlantic genus Urophycis (family Phycidae)
- ‘Like all export related industries, the hake industry has been negatively affected by the strong local currency reducing the amount of money earned.’
- ‘Asked for his comment, he said it was true that many of South Africa's quality products ranging from hake to chokka to fruit were exported for high prices.’
- ‘They resemble the true hakes in having two dorsal fins and one anal fin and no barbel.’
- ‘Contraventions of the act related to catching crayfish, hake and toothfish without a permit and offloading catches without inspectors present.’
Middle English: perhaps from Old English haca ‘hook’.
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