One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An edible whitefish found in lakes in northern Europe. In Britain it is now confined to two lakes in the English Lake District.
- ‘The lake is also home to a wide variety of fish, such as the rare vendace, roach, dace and pike.’
- ‘The aim of the by-laws is to protect populations of rare fish, including vendace, schelly and arctic charr, which live in Cumbria's lakes.’
- ‘Re-introduction of certain species may have already taken place, but beyond the rather enclosed worlds of ornithology, gamekeeping and fishing the return of the sea eagle, red kite and vendace has done little to quicken the public pulse.’
- ‘In addition to filling up the lakes and making less room for vendace to live, when you get a storm and the wind churns the water around it deposits the silt on the beds where the fish are spawning and blankets them.’
Mid 18th century: from obsolete French vendese, from a base related to Welsh gwyn ‘white’.
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