\ 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

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, "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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“Grilse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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