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haddock Tweet Definition of haddock Like Definition of haddock on Facebook
noun (pl=haddock, pl2=haddocks)
  1. A marine fish, Melanogrammus aeglefinus, of the North Atlantic, important as a food fish.
hag Tweet Definition of hag Like Definition of hag on Facebook
noun
  1. A witch, sorceress, or enchantress; also, a wizard.
  2. (pejorative) An ugly old woman.
  3. A fury; a she-monster.
  4. An eel-like marine marsipobranch (Myxine glutinosa), allied to the lamprey. It has a suctorial mouth, with labial appendages, and a single pair of gill openings. It is the type of the order Hyperotreti. Called also hagfish, borer, slime eel, sucker, and sleepmarken.
  5. The hagdon or shearwater.
  6. An appearance of light and fire on a horse's mane or a man's hair.
hagfish Tweet Definition of hagfish Like Definition of hagfish on Facebook
noun
  1. any of several primitive eellike creatures, of the family Myxindae, having a sucking mouth with rasping teeth; considered edible in Japan, their skin is used to make a form of leather
hake Tweet Definition of hake Like Definition of hake on Facebook
noun (plural )
  1. One of several species of marine gadoid fishes, of the genera Phycis, Merlucius, and allies. The common European hake is M. vulgaris; the American silver hake or whiting is M. bilinearis. Two American species (Phycis chuss and P. tenius) are important food fishes, and are also valued for their oil and sounds. Called also squirrel hake, and codling.
  2. A drying shed, as for unburned tile.
verbto hake
  1. To loiter; to sneak.
halfbeak Tweet Definition of halfbeak Like Definition of halfbeak on Facebook
noun
  1. (zoology) Any slender, marine fish of the genus Hemirhamphus, having the upper jaw much shorter than the lower; -- called also balahoo.
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halibut Tweet Definition of halibut Like Definition of halibut on Facebook
noun (plural or halibuts)
  1. A large flatfish of the genus Hippoglossus, which sometimes leaves the ocean floor and swims vertically.
hamlet Tweet Definition of hamlet Like Definition of hamlet on Facebook
noun
  1. A small town
  2. A settlement smaller than a village
hammerhead Tweet Definition of hammerhead Like Definition of hammerhead on Facebook
noun (pluralhammerheads)
  1. (Zoology) A shark of the genus Sphyrna or Zygna, having the eyes set on projections from the sides of the head, which gives it a hammer shape. The Sphyrna zygna is found in the North Atlantic. Called also hammer fish, and balance fish.
  2. (Zoology) A fresh-water fish; the stone-roller in the minnow family Cyprinidae.
  3. (Zoology) An African fruit bat Hypsignathus monstrosus -- so called from its large blunt nozzle.
hatchet Tweet Definition of hatchet Like Definition of hatchet on Facebook
noun
  1. A small light axe with a short handle; a tomahawk.
herring Tweet Definition of herring Like Definition of herring on Facebook
noun (herrings, pl2=herring)
  1. A type of small, oily fish of the genus Clupea, often used as food.
hind Tweet Definition of hind Like Definition of hind on Facebook
noun
  1. A female deer, especially a red deer at least two years old.
adjective (hinder, hindmost)
  1. Located at the rear.
horse mackerel Tweet Definition of horse mackerel Like Definition of horse mackerel on Facebook
noun
  1. a large tuna
humpy Tweet Definition of humpy Like Definition of humpy on Facebook
noun (humpies)
  1. (Australian English) A hut, especially for Aborigines.
  • 1988: There weren't that many blacks about, but a lot of humpies " at times it must have been a fairly big camp. " Tom Cole, Hell West and Crooked (Angus & Robertson 1995, p. 257)
humuhumunukunukuapuaa Tweet Definition of humuhumunukunukuapuaa Like Definition of humuhumunukunukuapuaa on Facebook
noun
  1. Either of two species Rhinecanthus aculeatus or Rhinecanthus rectangulus, of triggerfishes native to the reefs of Hawaii.

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