Dolly Varden

Dol·​ly Var·​den | \ ˌdä-lē-ˈvär-dᵊn- How to pronounce Dolly Varden (audio) \
variants: or Dolly Varden trout

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 fresh water and silvery with orange spots in salt water

First Known Use of Dolly Varden

circa 1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Dolly Varden

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

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“Dolly Varden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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