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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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POLLACK, n. Also pollac, pollock.

1. The Powan or pollan, Coregonus clupeoides or pennantii, found, in Scot., only in Loch Lomond and Loch Eck (Dmb. 1711 J. Chamberlayne Pres. State Scot. 74).Slg. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 IX. 16:
In Lochlomond there are . . . pike, and a fish peculiar to itself, called pollac.
Sc. 1835 T. T. Stoddart Art Angling 76:
Confounded, till of late years, with the vendise, is the guiniad, or pollock, of Loch Lomond.

2. Erron. applied by Pennant to the porpoise, Phocaena phocaena, by confusion with Pellock, id.Hebr. 1774 T. Pennant Tour 1772 271, 323:
See several small whales, called here Pollacks . . . whales, pollacks, and porpesses.

[Gael. pollag, dim. form of poll, lake. Cf. Powan. The relationship to Eng. pollack, the lythe, if any, is obscure. Cf. Podlie.]

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