cutthroat trout


: a large spotted trout (Oncorhynchus clarki synonym Salmo clarki) chiefly of northwestern North America that has reddish streaks on the integument of the lower jaw

called also cutthroat

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Examples of cutthroat trout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soda Butte Creek is a stronghold for the iconic Yellowstone cutthroat trout, but it’s been threatened by invasive brook trout for years. Travis Hall, Field & Stream, 24 Aug. 2023 The 300-acre lake is an angler's playground filled with rainbow, brook, brown and cutthroat trout. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 5 July 2023 The site is home to steelhead and cutthroat trout, blue herons, ducks, owls, coyotes, deer, turtles and beavers. Gwozniac, oregonlive, 30 July 2023 Dave Kimble, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service talks about conservation efforts on the Bear River in Wyoming with a particular focus on in-stream habitat for various fish specials like the Bonneville cutthroat trout on Oct. 5, 2022. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Dec. 2022 By contrast, a weekend of fishing for Rio Grande cutthroat trout at Vermejo Park can run into the tens of thousands of dollars, conjuring the conservation strategy used by African safaris — low-impact and reserved for guests with unlimited resources. Ben Ryder Howe, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2022 Further examination determined the fish to be a hybrid mix of a rainbow and a cutthroat trout—and Adams to be the holder of a new world record for cutbow, a fertile hybrid that occurs naturally where the two species overlap. Steven Hill, Field & Stream, 20 Mar. 2023 Conservationists say the mine will destroy dwindling habitat for sage grouse, Lahontan cutthroat trout, pronghorn antelope and golden eagles, pollute the air and create a plume of toxic water beneath the open-pit mine deeper than the length of a football field. Scott Sonner, Fortune, 1 Feb. 2023 But in 2019, with the company looking to expand its Fording River project into the largest coal mine in North America, studies showed that the downstream western cutthroat trout population had plummeted by 93 percent since 2017. Stephen Robert Miller, Discover Magazine, 5 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cutthroat trout was circa 1891

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“Cutthroat trout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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