eu·​la·​chon ˈyü-lə-ˌkän How to pronounce eulachon (audio)
plural eulachon or eulachons

Examples of eulachon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the fine-mesh nets that catch shrimp also catch eulachon. Lela Nargi, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2022 That meant researchers needed to step up their efforts to keep eulachon out of shrimp nets, which are dragged in the ocean about 16 inches above its floor. Lela Nargi, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2022 Lomeli added that the lights have also proven effective at reducing bycatch of eulachon (Pacific smelt) and juvenile rockfish and flatfish in the shrimp trawl fishery off Oregon. Lynne Curry, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Dec. 2021 Belugas in their home waters will aggregate in large groups to take advantage of prey, such as eulachon or salmon staging at the mouth of a river. Lynda V. Mapes, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Oct. 2021 Sea trials showed that bycatch of eulachon was reduced by over 90% by weight, juvenile rockfish takes dropped by 78%, flatfish bycatch was reduced by nearly 70% and the loss of targeted shrimp was statistically non-significant at 0.7%. Anchorage Daily News, 16 Aug. 2021 Eulachon also showed up in the estuary for the first time in a long time, and in abundance. National Geographic, 2 June 2016 See More

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Word History


Chinook Jargon ulâkân, probably from Lower Chinook u-ƛalχʷə́n

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eulachon was in 1807

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Cite this Entry

“Eulachon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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