fish·​way | \ ˈfish-ˌwā How to pronounce fishway (audio) \

Definition of fishway

: 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 The replacement of road culverts and installation of fishways are outlined in the final restoration plan for the Chevron Oil Terminal Facility in Hampden., "Pier 1 files for bankruptcy," 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,, "Officials Counting On Fish Passageway In Mattabesset River In Berlin For Migratory Populations," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of fishway

1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Fishway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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