Cape"lin (?), n. [Cf. F. capelan, caplan.] Zool.

A small marine fish (Mallotus villosus) of the family Salmonidae, very abundant on the coasts of Greenland, Iceland, Newfoundland, and Alaska. It is used as a bait for the cod.

[Written also capelan and caplin.]

⇒ This fish, which is like a smelt, is called by the Spaniards anchova, and by the Portuguese capelina.

Fisheries of U. S. (1884).


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