Bleak, a small, elongated, white-fleshed fishof the same family as minnows and carp, abundant in lakes and quiet waterways. Its scales, which are thin and silvery, come away easily. The flesh of the pond bleak is of poor quality but that of the river variety is fairly good, although it is full of little bones. It is about 15 cm (6 inches) long and invariably served fried. It may also be called able though this is actually a different fish. May be mistaken for the able or gardon.