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 Chinook size has declined the most at 8%; 3.3% in cohos, 2.4% in chum salmon and a 2.1% shrinkage in sockeyes overall. Anchorage Daily News, 19 July 2021 For the Arctic-Yukon Kuskokwim region, managers predict below average fisheries across the board, including a catch of just over half a million chum salmon. Anchorage Daily News, 16 Mar. 2021 The Russian catch breaks down to more than 700 million pounds of pinks, nearly 206 million pounds of chum salmon, 70.6 million pounds of sockeyes, over 24 million pounds of coho salmon and 8.8 million pounds of Chinook. Anchorage Daily News, 23 Feb. 2021 The king salmon run was also bad this year, but summer and fall chum salmon runs usually help make up the difference. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Nov. 2020 This year’s coupling of a king salmon crash with a chum salmon crash is unprecedented, Trainor said. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Nov. 2020 Landings of just over two million cohos are the lowest since the mid-1970s and a chum salmon harvest of just under 8 million is the weakest since 1979. Anchorage Daily News, 6 Oct. 2020 There’s nothing wrong with pulling on a chum salmon. Kirk Deeter, Field & Stream, 29 June 2020 The system also supports large numbers of pink and chum salmon. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of chum salmon

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chum salmon

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22 Jul 2021

Cite this Entry

“Chum salmon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chum%20salmon. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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