catadromous

adjective
ca·​tad·​ro·​mous | \ kə-ˈta-drə-məs How to pronounce catadromous (audio) \

Definition of catadromous

: living in fresh water and going to the sea to spawn catadromous eels — compare anadromous

Examples of catadromous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This was my Holy Grail—a catadromous, trout-like mullet that lives in the clear rivers that tumble from the mountains. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "A Puerto Rican Fishing Road Trip for Silver Kings, Bigmouths, Mullet, and More," 27 May 2020 As catadromous fish, European eels spend most of their adult lives in freshwater rivers, streams, and estuaries before returning to the open ocean to spawn and lay eggs. National Geographic, "European eel," 25 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of catadromous

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for catadromous

probably from New Latin catadromus, from cata- + -dromus -dromous

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The first known use of catadromous was in 1880

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Cite this Entry

“Catadromous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catadromous. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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