noun \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 \ˈsa-mən\

Definition of SALMON

river 420 miles (676 kilometers) cen Idaho flowing into Snake River


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Name that originally referred to the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and now also refers to six species of Pacific salmon (genus Oncorhynchus, family Salmonidae): chum, chinook, pink, and sockeye salmon; coho; and the cherry salmon (O. masu) of Japan. Adult salmon live at sea, then migrate, fighting rapids and leaping high falls, to the stream where they hatched to spawn. Pacific salmon die soon after spawning; many Atlantic salmon live to spawn again. See also trout.


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