grilse

noun
\ ˈgrils How to pronounce grilse (audio) \
plural grilse

Definition of grilse

: a young Atlantic salmon returning to its native river to spawn for the first time after one winter at sea broadly : any of various salmon at such a stage of development

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The group says young salmon who spent only one winter at sea before returning to the river, called grilse, fared especially poorly last year. Patrick Whittle, The Seattle Times, "Conservationists: Imperiled Atlantic salmon decline worsens," 18 June 2017

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First Known Use of grilse

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grilse

Middle English grills

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