Chinook salmon


variants or less commonly chinook salmon or Chinook or chinook
: a large, usually red-fleshed, commercially important salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) of the northern Pacific Ocean that is typically bluish-green above with silvery sides, has a dark mouth with black gums, and attains an average weight of about 30 to 40 pounds (13.5 to 18 kilograms) but may sometimes exceed 120 pounds (54 kilograms)

called also black salmon, king salmon

Illustration of Chinook salmon

Illustration of chinook salmon

Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Chinook salmon was in 1851

Dictionary Entries Near Chinook salmon

Cite this Entry

“Chinook salmon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

Chinook salmon

: a large salmon of the northern Pacific Ocean that has red flesh and is used as food
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!