pink salmon


: a small spotted Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) native to the northern Pacific Ocean and adjacent rivers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Tawny owl feather colors, for example, are changing to match a snowless landscape, and pink salmon in Alaska are migrating earlier in response to warmer water temperatures. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 16 Dec. 2015 Other studies have found freshwater acidification harms the development and growth of young pink salmon, also known as humpback salmon, an important commercial and sport fishing species in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. John Flesher,, 19 Dec. 2022 Only three percent of pink salmon and 13 percent of sockeye salmon survive to make their final migratory breeding journey towards their natal streams. Jason P. Dinh, Discover Magazine, 29 June 2022 Even-numbered-year returns and harvests of pink salmon are generally lower than those in odd-numbered years. Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Nov. 2022 In a bit of good news, Basil Larson from Russian Mission reported that the pink salmon run is strong this year. Olivia Ebertz, Anchorage Daily News, 24 July 2022 In addition to the recent pinook catches, some pink salmon are being landed in Lake Michigan. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 18 Aug. 2022 Fishing guide Anthon Hyvarinen of Madison owns the Ohio pink salmon record with a fish caught Aug. 17, 2021, a 22-inch pink weighing 4.3 pounds, while trolling for Lake Erie walleyes and trout. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2022 The fish survived and a few years later adult pink salmon started showing up in the region’s rivers. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 18 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pink salmon was in 1905

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“Pink salmon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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