Definition of hake in English:

hake

noun

  • 1A large-headed elongated fish with long jaws and strong teeth. It is a valuable commercial food fish.

    • ‘The latest hamper included fresh turbot, hake and cod from Aberdeen Fish Market as well as Arbroath Smokies, smoked salmon and kippers.’
    • ‘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 hake industry is, commercially, the most valuable fishing industry in Namibia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The only other fish with three distinct dorsal fins are hakes and cods.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bulletin said the contraction during the fourth quarter was reflected in the species such as demersal hake, horse mackerel and rock lobster.’
    • ‘But if you can't find the best cod, then use chunky hake, haddock or sea bass fillets instead.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ask your fishmonger what is best for grilling at this time of year - some suggestions are salmon, haddock, tuna, trout, hake, cod.’
    • ‘Experts warn that continued intensive fishing would mean stocks of cod as well as other popular fish like hake and haddock might never recover.’
    • ‘It is only found in the muscles of amphibians and many fish species such as hake, yellowtail and pilchard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2Any of a number of fishes related to the true hakes.

    • ‘Contraventions of the act related to catching crayfish, hake and toothfish without a permit and offloading catches without inspectors present.’
    • ‘They resemble the true hakes in having two dorsal fins and one anal fin and no barbel.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Middle English: perhaps from Old English haca hook.

Pronunciation:

hake

/hāk/