Cod vs. Scrod

By Jaxson

  • Cod

    Cod is the common name for the genus Gadus of demersal fishes, belonging to the family Gadidae. Cod is also used as part of the common name for a number of other fish species, and some species suggested to belong to genus Gadus are not called cod (the Alaska pollock).

    The two most common species of cod are the Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), which lives in the colder waters and deeper sea regions throughout the North Atlantic, and the Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus), found in both eastern and western regions of the northern Pacific. Gadus morhua was named by Linnaeus in 1758. (However, G. morhua callarias, a low-salinity, nonmigratory race restricted to parts of the Baltic, was originally described as Gadus callarias by Linnaeus.)

    Cod is popular as a food with a mild flavour and a dense, flaky, white flesh. Cod livers are processed to make cod liver oil, an important source of vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA). Young Atlantic cod or haddock prepared in strips for cooking is called scrod. In the United Kingdom, Atlantic cod is one of the most common ingredients in fish and chips, along with haddock and plaice.

  • Scrod

    Scrod or schrod () is any of various whitefish, typically filleted young cod or haddock, used as food.

    In the wholesale fish business, scrod is the smallest weight category of the major white fish. From smallest to largest, the categories are: scrod, market, large, and whale. In the U.S., scrod haddock or cusk weighs 1.5-3 lbs.; scrod cod 1.5-2.5 lbs.; and scrod pollock 1.5-4 lbs. The exact weight categories are somewhat different in Canada.

    Scrod is common in many coastal New England and Atlantic Canadian fish markets and restaurants, although using the name ‘scrod’ without the species is in principle mislabeling.

  • Cod (noun)

    A small bag or pouch.

  • Cod (noun)

    A husk or integument; a pod.

  • Cod (noun)

    The scrotum (also in plural).

  • Cod (noun)

    A pillow or cushion.

  • Cod (noun)

    The Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua.

  • Cod (noun)

    The sea fish of the genus Gadus generally, as inclusive of the Pacific cod (ver=170710) and Greenland cod (ver=170710 or ver=170710).

  • Cod (noun)

    The sea fish of the family Gadidae which are sold as “cod”, as haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) and whiting (usually Merlangius merlangus).

  • Cod (noun)

    Other unrelated fish which are similarly important to regional fisheries, as the hapuku and cultus cod.

  • Cod (noun)

    Other unrelated fish which resemble the Atlantic cod, as the rock cod (ver=170710) and blue cod (ver=170710).

  • Cod (noun)

    A joke or an imitation.

    “I assume it all could just be a cod.”

  • Cod (noun)

    A stupid or foolish person.

    “He’s making a right cod of himself.”

  • Cod (adjective)

    Having the character of imitation; jocular. (now usually attributive, forming mostly compound adjectives).

    ““Illegitimi non carborundum” is a well-known example of cod Latin.”

    “Dalton categorises Muse’s latest composition as “cod-classical bombast”.”

  • Cod (adjective)


  • Cod (verb)

    To attempt to deceive or confuse.

  • Scrod (noun)

    Any cod, pollock, haddock, or other whitefish.


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