Definition of black cod in US English:

black cod


  • 1The saithe or coalfish, Pollachius virens;.

  • 2Any of various fishes of the family Nototheniidae, of southern oceans, which are predominantly dark with pale marbling; especially Notothenia microlepidota, and (NZ) Paranotothenia magellanica; compare "Maori chief".

  • 3The sablefish, Anoplopoma fimbria.


Late 17th century; earliest use found in Nehemiah Grew (a1641–1712), botanist and physician.