plural noun

: a family of soft-finned fishes (suborder Salmonoidea) including as generally understood the salmons, trouts, chars, and whitefishes all of which are elongate and shapely and have the last vertebrae upturned

Word History


New Latin, from Salmon-, Salmo, type genus + -idae

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“Salmonidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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