plural 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

Examples of grilse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 18 June 2017

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Word History


Middle English grills

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grilse was in the 15th century

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“Grilse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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