chum salmon

noun
variants: or less commonly

chum

Definition of chum salmon

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

Origin and Etymology of chum salmon

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First Known Use: 1907


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