Atlantic salmon


Atlantic salmon

noun

Definition of ATLANTIC SALMON

:  salmon 1a

First Known Use of ATLANTIC SALMON

1884

Atlantic salmon

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Oceanic trout species (Salmo salar), a highly prized game fish. It averages about 12 lbs (5.5 kg) and is marked with round or cross-shaped spots. Found on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, it enters streams in the fall to spawn. The young enter the sea in about two years and mature in about four. Adults may return to the sea and, after a year or two, spawn again. The ouananiche of rivers and the sebago, or lake, salmon are landlocked subspecies that are also prized for sport. The Atlantic salmon has been successfully introduced into the U.S. Great Lakes.

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