Pacific salmon


Definition of Pacific salmon

: any of several anadromous salmonid fishes (genus Oncorhynchus) chiefly of the northern Pacific that typically die after spawning and include the coho, sockeye salmon, chum salmon, Chinook salmon, and pink salmon Pacific salmon are born in freshwater rivers that empty into the ocean, and then—in migration patterns that amaze and baffle—often return to their rivers of birth at spawning time.— Jennifer A. Kingson

First Known Use of Pacific salmon

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Pacific salmon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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