Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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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. 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, Ir. pollog, = 1., dim. forms of Ir. poll, lake. Cf. Powan. The relationship to Eng. pollack, the lythe. if any, is obscure. Cf. Podlie.]

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