Hake (Merluccius vulgaris), an important British food-fish of the Cod family. The elongated body is covered with minute scales, the caudal fin is separate, there are two dorsal fins and one anal, and the large ventrals are composed of seven rays. The general hue is greyish, darker on the back, and the length is from three to four feet. Like cod and ling, hake is dried and salted as stock-fish. The only other species, M. gayi, ranges from Chili to Magellan's Straits and New Zealand.