One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A widely distributed freshwater whitefish of lakes and rivers in northern Eurasia, especially one of a variety occurring only in two Scottish lochs.
Coregonus lavaretus, family Salmonidae. See also gwyniad, schelly
- ‘Without char, ferox would never have developed and the only exception to the char/ferox link is, possibly, Loch Lomond where shoals of white fish called powan fill the food-fish requirement.’
Mid 17th century: Scots variant of pollan.
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