One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A migratory whitefish with a pointed snout. Now rare, it is found mainly in the Baltic and adjacent rivers.
Coregonus oxyrhinchus, family Salmonidae
- ‘The prominent species are: Coregonus lavaretus, known as houting in its purely freshwater form, or as powan (Loch Lomond in Scotland), skelly (the English Lake District), and gwyniad.’
- ‘The houting is a protected species, but although the fish were released, it must be assumed that many died.’
- ‘In 1987 66,000 fry were released in the river and in a few other south Jutland rivers from which the houting has disappeared since the beginning of the century.’
- ‘Part of the project will help the houting to reach its spawning grounds by removing such barriers, involving the decommissioning of two hydroelectric power plants and three fish farms.’
- ‘The burbot and houting are thought to be extinct, while vendace, powan and allis shad are all on Shedule V of the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act, which makes it an offence to catch or handle them intentionally.’
Late 19th century: from Dutch, from Middle Dutch houtic, of unknown origin.
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