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 for frostfish
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Frostfish \Frost`fish"\, n. (Zool.)
        (a) The tomcod; -- so called because it is abundant on the
            New England coast in autumn at about the commencement
            of frost. See Tomcod.
        (b) The smelt. [Local, U. S.]
        (c) A name applied in New Zealand to the scabbard fish
            ({Lepidotus) valued as a food fish.
            [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scabbard \Scab"bard\, n. [OE. scaubert, scauberk, OF. escaubers,
     escauberz, pl., scabbards, probably of German or Scan.
     origin; cf. Icel. sk[=a]lpr scabbard, and G. bergen to
     conceal. Cf. Hauberk.]
     The case in which the blade of a sword, dagger, etc., is
     kept; a sheath.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Nor in thy scabbard sheathe that famous blade.
                                                    --Fairfax.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Scabbard fish (Zool.), a long, compressed, silver-colored
        taenioid fish ({Lepidopus argyreus syn. Lepidopus
        caudatus), found on the European coasts, and more
        abundantly about New Zealand, where it is called
        frostfish and considered an excellent food fish.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tomcod \Tom"cod`\ (t[o^]m"k[o^]d`), n. [Tom (see Tomboy) +
     cod: cf. F. tacaud whiting pout, American Indian tacaud,
     literally, plenty fish.] (Zool.)
     (a) A small edible American fish ({Microgadus tomcod) of the
         Codfish family, very abundant in autumn on the Atlantic
         coast of the Northen United States; -- called also
         frostfish. See Illust. under Frostfish.
     (b) The kingfish. See Kingfish
     (a) .
     (c) The jack. See 2d Jack, 8.
     (c) .
         [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  cutlass fish \cutlass fish\, cutlassfish \cutlassfish\n.
     1. (Zool.) a peculiar, long, thin, marine fish ({Trichiurus
        lepturus) of the southern United States and West Indies,
        having a long whiplike scaleless body and sharp daggerlike
        teeth; -- called also frostfish, saber fish, silver
        eel, and, improperly, swordfish; also, several related
        members of the genus Trichiurus. It is closely related
        to snake mackerel.
  
     Syn: frost fish, frostfish, hairtail.
          [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

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