alburn

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Late Latin alburnus. Cognate with alburnum and auburn.

Noun[edit]

alburn (plural alburns)

  1. The bleak, a small European fish with silvery scales.
    • 1960, Monographiae biologicae: Volume 9
      In the total yield of cyprinids, the dominating fish is alburn, [] a small delicate fish which in dense shoals inhabits the pelagial waters of the lake.
    • 1998, George Grosz, George Grosz: An Autobiography, page 7:
      It took patience to catch alburns, those hand-sized fish in the Stolpe.

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