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Spirinchus lanceolatus, a Japanese smelt.
Origin: 柳葉魚 (kanji are ateji, or rather jukujikun), from susam, presumably from susu + ham. “Willow leaf” is due to the fish’s slender shape, similar to the shape of a willow leaf.
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Shishamo or Sisyamo or Spirinchus lanceolatus is a saltwater fish about 15 centimeters in length. It is slim and resembles a willow leaf; the Japanese name, shishamo, is derived from the Ainu name for the same fish, susam, which is supposed to be derived from a compound of Ainu susu "willow" + ham "leaf", hence its name in kanji. It is generally dark on the back with a silver-white underside. The Shishamo is a Japanese delicacy and is grilled or fried whole and served with its roe intact.
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