melangus vulgaris

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Whiting \Whit"ing\, n. [From White.]
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   1. (Zool.)
      (a) A common European food fish (Melangus vulgaris) of
          the Codfish family; -- called also fittin.
      (b) A North American fish (Merlucius vulgaris) allied to
          the preceding; -- called also silver hake.
      (c) Any one of several species of North American marine
          sciaenoid food fishes belonging to genus
          Menticirrhus, especially Menticirrhus Americanus,
          found from Maryland to Brazil, and {Menticirrhus
          littoralis}, common from Virginia to Texas; -- called
          also silver whiting, and surf whiting.
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   Note: Various other fishes are locally called whiting, as the
      (a), the sailor's choice
      (b), the Pacific tomcod, and certain species of lake
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   2. Chalk prepared in an impalpable powder by pulverizing and
      repeated washing, used as a pigment, as an ingredient in
      putty, for cleaning silver, etc.
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   Whiting pollack. (Zool.) Same as Pollack.

   Whiting pout (Zool.), the bib, 2.
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