nounWord forms: plural ˈcapeˌlin or ˈcapeˌlins
a small, slender smelt
fish (Mallotus villosus
) of northern seas, used as food and esp. as bait
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Word origin of 'capelin'CdnFr < Fr capelan, codfish: jocular use of OProv capelan, chaplain