Dolly Varden

noun Dol·ly Var·den \ ˌdä-lē-ˈvär-dᵊn- \
variants: or Dolly Varden trout
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of Dolly Varden

: a large freshwater or anadromous char (Salvelinus malma) that is widespread in streams of northwestern North America and eastern Asia, may attain a weight of 20 pounds (9.1 kilograms) but is usually much smaller, and is typically olive green to greenish-brown with yellow to red spots when found in freshwater and silvery with orange spots in salt water

Origin and Etymology of dolly varden

Dolly Varden, gaily dressed coquette in Barnaby Rudge (1841), novel by Charles Dickens


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