chum salmon

noun
variants: or less commonly chum

Definition of chum salmon

: a metallic bluish green salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) of the northern Pacific Ocean and Arctic Ocean that may reach a length of about 3.5 feet (1 meter) but is typically smaller

Note: Upon entering fresh water to spawn, the male chum salmon develops large, sharp teeth and becomes dark green to brown with reddish-purple vertical stripes.

Examples of chum salmon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s nothing wrong with pulling on a chum salmon. Kirk Deeter, Field & Stream, "Top 10 Most Unappreciated Fish to Catch on a Fly," 29 June 2020 The system also supports large numbers of pink and chum salmon. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Board of Fish creates new dipnet fishery on the Susitna River," 14 Feb. 2020 Nationwide, Japan's annual chum salmon catch has also fallen from 258,000 metric tons in 2003, when a sharp decline began, to 80,000 last year, according to the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission. Author: Simon Denyer, Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "The climate chain reaction that threatens the heart of the Pacific," 13 Nov. 2019 And tens of thousands of summer chum salmon died of heat stress this summer in western Alaska, where river temperatures soared above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21.1 degrees Celsius). Anchorage Daily News, "As Alaska warms, one village’s fight over oil development and the future," 14 Dec. 2019 Even as Japan's catch began to decline in 2003, Russia's chum salmon quadrupled to a record high of nearly 144,000 metric tons in 2015. Author: Simon Denyer, Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "The climate chain reaction that threatens the heart of the Pacific," 13 Nov. 2019 Washington Bellingham: Fishing in the part of Whatcom Creek that flows through downtown Bellingham will end more than five weeks early this year because chum salmon are returning in low numbers. USA TODAY, "Art against incarceration, glacial melt that could hurt a fly: News from around our 50 states," 22 Nov. 2019 Below, dozens of brown bears dug clams, ate sedge grass and loped across tidal flats, ready for chum salmon to arrive. Los Angeles Times, "This Alaska mine could generate $1 billion a year. Is it worth the risk to salmon?," 23 Oct. 2019 Westley in mid-July joined other scientists on a hasty trip to the Koyukuk River, a tributary of the Yukon River, where residents of the village of Huslia saw dead or disoriented chum salmon. Washington Post, "Alaska salmon deaths blamed on record warm temperatures," 25 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of chum salmon

1907, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jul 2020

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“Chum salmon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chum%20salmon. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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