One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Arctic cisco (fish) of a variety which occurs in Irish lakes.
- ‘Pollan in Ireland are a relatively short-lived fish, with most authors (e.g. Twomey 1956; Wilson and Pitcher 1983) encountering fish of up to five years old.’
- ‘The three species of endangered fishes are allis shad, Killarney shad and pollan.’
- ‘In total Noel had about 11 good runs and landed two - both caught with pollan dead bait.’
Early 18th century: from Irish pollán, perhaps based on poll ‘pool’.
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