/al"beuh kawr', -kohr'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) albacore, (esp. referring to kinds or species) albacores.
1. a long-finned tuna, Thunnus alalunga, of warm or temperate seas, the flesh of which is valued for canning.
2. any of various tunalike fishes.
[1570-80; < Pg albacora North African Ar al-bakurah the tuna]

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Large oceanic tuna (Thunnus alalunga) that is noted for its fine flesh.

The streamlined bodies of these voracious predators are adapted to fast and continuous swimming. They occur in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and migrate long distances. The bluefin tuna is also sometimes called albacore.

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also spelled  Albicore 

      (species Thunnus alalunga), large oceanic fish noted for its fine flesh. The bluefin tuna (T. thynnus) is also sometimes called albacore. See tuna.

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