Webster 1913 Edition
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
The beluga, or white whale.
☞ Various other fishes are locally called whitefish, as the silver salmon, the whiting
(a), the yellowtail, and the young of the bluefish (