\ ˈpär How to pronounce parr (audio) \
plural parr also parrs

Definition of parr

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a young salmon actively feeding in fresh water


biographical name

Definition of Parr (Entry 2 of 2)

Catherine — see catherine

Examples of parr in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Each year, Maine’s Department of Marine Resources and United States Fish and Wildlife Service stocks the rivers and streams with millions of salmon eggs and fry and thousands of parr and smolts. Caroline Lester, The New Yorker, "The Last Presidential Salmon," 7 Aug. 2019 Those salmon babies are tiny: wriggling fry still attached to egg sacks in gravel, and 1-year-old fish, known as parr. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Where are the Yukon chinooks headed?," 10 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of parr


1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parr


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“Parr.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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