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 for tomcod
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 :

  Cod \Cod\, n. [Cf. G. gadde, and (in Heligoland) gadden, L.
     gadus merlangus.] (Zool.)
     An important edible fish ({Gadus morrhua), taken in immense
     numbers on the northern coasts of Europe and America. It is
     especially abundant and large on the Grand Bank of
     Newfoundland. It is salted and dried in large quantities.
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: There are several varieties; as shore cod, from
           shallow water; bank cod, from the distant banks; and
           rock cod, which is found among ledges, and is often
           dark brown or mottled with red. The tomcod is a
           distinct species of small size. The bastard, blue,
           buffalo, or cultus cod of the Pacific coast belongs
           to a distinct family. See Buffalo cod, under
           [1913 Webster]
     Cod fishery, the business of fishing for cod.
     Cod line, an eighteen-thread line used in catching codfish.
        [1913 Webster]

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