chum salmon


variants or less commonly chum
: 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.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The majority of the chum salmon netted in bycatch turned out to be from Asia, according to the report. Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 15 June 2022 All day, chum salmon announced their arrival with chaotic splashing in the river, but the boats remained tied up, some with nets piled inside. Emily Schwing, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2022 In 2021, the Bering Sea pollock fishery – one of the world’s largest seafood harvests – netted about 540,000 chum salmon as bycatch, along with halibut, crab and other species. Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Oct. 2022 As sockeye abound, Chinook and chum runs decline While sockeye have returned in droves, Chinook and chum salmon runs have dropped. Isabelle Ross, Anchorage Daily News, 21 July 2022 Pinks made up the bulk of the pack, topping 57 million, followed by chum salmon at 9.4 million. Laine Welch | Fish Factor, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Mar. 2022 The sonar counted 843 summer chum salmon, which Fish and Game said is below the median of 1,737 fish, as of June 21. Olivia Ebertz, Anchorage Daily News, 23 June 2022 Last year, the Bering Sea and Aleutians Island trawl fishery caught 546,043 chum salmon in nets intended to harvest pollock, twice the 10-year annual average, according to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 15 June 2022 Last year, the pollock fleet caught 13,783 king, or chinook, salmon and more than 530,600 chum salmon — prohibited species that under federal rules must either be donated to food banks or thrown overboard. Anchorage Daily News, 10 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


chum entry 5

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chum salmon was in 1907

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“Chum salmon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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