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Silver \Sil"ver\, a.
Of or pertaining to silver; made of silver; as, silver leaf; a silver cup. [1913 Webster]
Resembling silver. Specifically: (a) Bright; resplendent; white. "Silver hair." --Shak. [1913 Webster] Others, on silver lakes and rivers, bathed Their downy breast. --Milton. [1913 Webster] (b) Precious; costly. (c) Giving a clear, ringing sound soft and clear. "Silver voices." --Spenser. (d) Sweet; gentle; peaceful. "Silver slumber." --Spenser. [1913 Webster] American silver fir (Bot.), the balsam fir. See under Balsam. Silver age (Roman Lit.), the latter part (a. d. 14-180) of the classical period of Latinity, -- the time of writers of inferior purity of language, as compared with those of the previous golden age, so-called. Silver-bell tree (Bot.), an American shrub or small tree (Halesia tetraptera) with white bell-shaped flowers in clusters or racemes; the snowdrop tree. Silver bush (Bot.), a shrubby leguminous plant (Anthyllis Barba-Jovis) of Southern Europe, having silvery foliage. Silver chub (Zool.), the fallfish. Silver eel. (Zool.) (a) The cutlass fish. (b) A pale variety of the common eel. Silver fir (Bot.), a coniferous tree (Abies pectinata) found in mountainous districts in the middle and south of Europe, where it often grows to the height of 100 or 150 feet. It yields Burgundy pitch and Strasburg turpentine. Silver foil, foil made of silver. Silver fox (Zool.), a variety of the common fox (Vulpes vulpes, variety argenteus) found in the northern parts of Asia, Europe, and America. Its fur is nearly black, with silvery tips, and is highly valued. Called also black fox, and silver-gray fox. Silver gar. (Zool.) See Billfish (a) . Silver grain (Bot.), the lines or narrow plates of cellular tissue which pass from the pith to the bark of an exogenous stem; the medullary rays. In the wood of the oak they are much larger than in that of the beech, maple, pine, cherry, etc. Silver grebe (Zool.), the red-throated diver. See Illust. under Diver. Silver hake (Zool.), the American whiting. Silver leaf, leaves or sheets made of silver beaten very thin. Silver lunge (Zool.), the namaycush. Silver moonfish.(Zool.) See Moonfish (b) . Silver moth (Zool.), a lepisma. Silver owl (Zool.), the barn owl. Silver perch (Zool.), the mademoiselle,
Silver pheasant (Zool.), any one of several species of beautiful crested and long-tailed Asiatic pheasants, of the genus Euplocamus. They have the tail and more or less of the upper parts silvery white. The most common species (Euplocamus nychtemerus) is native of China. Silver plate, (a) domestic utensils made of a base metal coated with silver. (b) a plating of silver on a base metal. Silver plover (Zool.), the knot. Silver salmon (Zool.), a salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) native of both coasts of the North Pacific. It ascends all the American rivers as far south as the Sacramento. Called also kisutch, whitefish, and white salmon. Silver shell (Zool.), a marine bivalve of the genus Anomia. See Anomia. Silver steel, an alloy of steel with a very small proportion of silver. Silver stick, a title given to the title field officer of the Life Guards when on duty at the palace. [Eng.] --Thackeray. Silver tree (Bot.), a South African tree (Leucadendron argenteum) with long, silvery, silky leaves. Silver trout, (Zool.) See Trout. Silver wedding. See under Wedding. Silver whiting (Zool.), a marine sciaenoid food fish (Menticirrus littoralis) native of the Southern United States; -- called also surf whiting. Silver witch (Zool.), A lepisma. [1913 Webster]
menhaden \men*ha"den\, n. (Zool.) An American marine fish (Brevoortia tyrannus) of the Herring family (Clupeidae), chiefly valuable for its oil and as a component of fertilizers; -- called also mossbunker, bony fish, chebog, pogy, hardhead, whitefish, etc. [1913 Webster]
Whitefish \White"fish`\, n. (Zool.) (a) Any one of several species of Coregonus, a genus of excellent food fishes allied to the salmons. They inhabit the lakes of the colder parts of North America, Asia, and Europe. The largest and most important American species (Coregonus clupeiformis) is abundant in the Great Lakes, and in other lakes farther north. Called also lake whitefish, and Oswego bass. (b) The menhaden. (c) The beluga, or white whale. [1913 Webster] Note: Various other fishes are locally called whitefish, as the silver salmon, the whiting (a), the yellowtail, and the young of the bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix). [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 any market fish--edible saltwater fish or shellfish--except herring
2 flesh of salmon- or trout-like cold-water fish of cold lakes of the northern hemisphere
3 silvery herring-like freshwater food fish of cold lakes of the northern hemisphere [also: whitefishes (pl)]



  1. any of many fish
    1. any of several North American freshwater fish, of the genus Coregonus, used as food
    2. any of several other fish, such as whiting or menhaden
  2. the beluga (both the sturgeon and the whale)
Whitefish or white fish may refer to:
whitefish in Dutch: Whitefish
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