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Etymology 1[edit]


From Middle English stokfissh, stokfysch, from Middle Dutch stocvisch and/or Middle Low German stokvisch (stick fish), since the fish were dried in the wind on wooden frames, as still happens today in Lofoten, Norway. Equivalent to stock +‎ fish.


stockfish (countable and uncountable, plural stockfishes or stockfish)

  1. A cod (or similar fish) having been cut open and cured in the open air without salt.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
      So the Prior of Saint Botolph’s hobbled back again into the refectory, to preside over the stockfish and ale, which was just serving out for the friars’ breakfast.

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Afrikaans stokvis, from Dutch stokvis.

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stockfish (plural stockfishes or stockfish)

  1. (South Africa) The shallow-water Cape hake (Merluccius capensis)


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