fish·​way ˈfish-ˌwā How to pronounce fishway (audio)
: a contrivance for enabling fish to pass around a fall or dam in a stream
specifically : fish ladder

Examples of fishway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Climate & Environment Scientists take flight to map California’s vast snowpack and measure flooding threats May 15, 2023 Other nonprofits that were part of the working group said the fishway announcement took them by surprise. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2023 Paid for with $30 million from the state along with funding from the Yuba Water Agency and due to be completed in 2025, the fishway will also benefit sturgeon, steelhead and lamprey. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 May 2023 The replacement of road culverts and installation of fishways are outlined in the final restoration plan for the Chevron Oil Terminal Facility in Hampden., 17 Feb. 2020 The fishway, built in partnership with property owner Stanchem Corp and several nature advocacy non-profits, is on Stanchem proprty in the East Berlin section of Berlin. Bill Leukhardt,, 12 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fishway was in 1845

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Cite this Entry

“Fishway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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