Whit"ing(?), n. [From White.]
(Zol.) (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 scinoid 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
Various other fishes are locally called whiting, as the kingfish (a), the sailor's choice (b), the Pacific tomcod, and certain species of lake whitefishes.
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.
(Zol.) Same as Pollack. --
(Zol.), the bib, 2.
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