noun salm·on \ˈsa-mən\

: a large fish that is born in streams but that lives most of its life in the ocean and that is commonly used for food

plural salmon also salmons

Full Definition of SALMON

a :  a large anadromous salmonid fish (Salmo salar) of the North Atlantic noted as a game and food fish —called also Atlantic salmon
b :  any of various anadromous salmonid fishes other than the salmon; especially :  pacific salmon
c :  a fish (as a barramundi) resembling a salmon
:  the variable color of salmon's flesh averaging a strong yellowish pink

Origin of SALMON

Middle English samon, from Anglo-French salmon, samon, from Latin salmon-, salmo
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Fishes Terms

char, chum, ichthyology, smelt, tetra, turbot

Rhymes with SALMON


geographical name Salm·on \ˈsa-mən\

Definition of SALMON

river 420 miles (676 kilometers) cen Idaho flowing into Snake River
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noun salm·on \ˈsa-mən\

Definition of SALMON for Kids

:  a fish with reddish or pinkish flesh that is often caught for sport or food and lives most of its life in the ocean but swims up rivers or streams as an adult to deposit or fertilize eggs
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