Definition of pollack in English:


(also pollock)

Pronunciation /ˈpälək/ /ˈpɑlək/

nounpollack, pollacks

  • An edible greenish-brown fish of the cod family, with a protruding lower jaw. Found in the northeastern Atlantic, it is popular with anglers.

    Pollachius pollachius, family Gadidae

    ‘As a youngster he fished off the rocks for the usual species of cod, pollack, coley, wrasse, mackerel and dogfish with the odd plaice or eel.’
    • ‘North of Holyhead and round to Rhos-on-Sea the wrecks carry both pollack and coalfish, but the size of the pollack can drop and fish of 10 lbs are considered good fish.’
    • ‘These include scallops, shrimp, crab, haddock, cod, pollack, snapper, halibut and white tuna.’
    • ‘The name, originally a German word, was a general one for any dried white fish, most often cod, but also pollack, whiting, hake, and others.’
    • ‘The North Sea is not the greatest place for fish but on any dive you are likely to see pollack, coalfish, ballan wrasse, anglerfish, topknots and ling.’
    • ‘Huge conger, pollack, ling, cod and coalfish were regularly pulled up the steps to the old Angling Centre and weighed in front of big crowds of onlookers.’
    • ‘There are usually also a few pollack, wrasse and bream, and hordes of tompot blennies.’
    • ‘Eagles in the 1980s survived for a few years by consuming turbot, cod and walleye pollack either lost from fishing nets or discarded by fishermen.’
    • ‘Shore pollack fishing with artificial lures through the summer and autumn time is fast catching up and is becoming almost a cult thing, much as bass fishing did back in the mid 1960's.’
    • ‘Cornwall is famous for its pollack fishing and although the height of summer is not the best time for the larger ones, there is always a chance of connecting with a decent fish.’
    • ‘For the main course, I stayed with the marine theme and went for the home-made fish pie, which consisted of salmon, pollack, white fish and prawns.’
    • ‘The reefs close to shore are alive with pollack, and conger eels when the boat is anchored and during the summer months there are lots of the sleek and fast running blue sharks around.’
    • ‘We have had plaice, pollack, wrasse and garfish from here but bass and rays are also taken.’
    • ‘Wrasse, pollack, edible and spider-crabs and three dogfish were just a few of the highlights.’
    • ‘The area where the hull has collapsed in on the forward holds again has little in the way of notable features, though there are some large shoals of fish milling about the wreck; the usual mixture of bib and poor cod and a few pollack.’
    • ‘Therefore, fish such as cod and pollack can save energy by ‘burst-coast swimming’ for locomotion at higher speeds.’
    • ‘During a recent dive on her there were so many juvenile fish (mainly pollack and codling) that the wreck resembled one of those Red Sea wrecks surrounded by shoals of glassfish.’
    • ‘While the cod, pollack and haddock may have all but disappeared, you stand a good chance of spotting porpoises, minke whales and even the odd beluga.’
    • ‘I was impressed by the size of the pollack and cod, and the large numbers of bib that filled the enclosed spaces of the wreck.’
    • ‘The full spectrum of southern UK fish is in evidence, from wrasse to ling and pollack.’


Late Middle English perhaps of Celtic origin.