rainbow trout


Definition of rainbow trout

: a large stout-bodied salmonid fish (Oncorhynchus mykiss synonym Salmo gairdneri) of western North America that is related to the Pacific salmon and is typically greenish above and white on the belly with a pink, red, or lavender stripe along each side of the body and with profuse black dots — compare steelhead

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After a short trek into the cavern, board a glass-bottom boat for glimpses into the underwater world and its hovering clouds of rainbow trout, colorless and blind from ages in darkness. National Geographic, "Take an epic road trip to Tennessee’s coolest caverns," 16 Aug. 2019 Dalton said there are almost 300 rainbow trout in the lake. CBS News, "Exploring the "rich history" of America's largest underground lake," 14 Aug. 2019 Join them, or continue vying for one of river’s oversized rainbow trout. Patricia Cameron, The Know, "10 of the best spots to fish in Colorado," 22 June 2019 Frequent meals include rainbow trout with a vegetable stir fry or salmon with sautéed kale. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "A Rare Disease Won’t Keep This Mountain Man Off the Trails," 15 Dec. 2018 The tanker’s emissions exact an environmental toll, even if a drop never spills into the crystal clear water that’s home to wild sockeye salmon, rainbow trout and rare freshwater seals. Los Angeles Times, "Path to paradise? Alaskan village hopes to replace fossil fuel with water power," 17 Aug. 2019 According to the department, fishing for rainbow trout has been good to excellent on streams from the Parks Highway to the Kenai Peninsula as hungry trout gorge themselves on salmon eggs. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "As fall nears, fishing focus turns to cohos," 9 Aug. 2019 Such barriers always accentuate my feelings of difference from the river otters, sunfish and rainbow trout, to whom both clock time and floating partitions are a mere curiosity. New York Times, "The Magic of Swimming Holes," 18 Aug. 2019 Hook or crook Most of the lakes around Mammoth are stocked with brown and rainbow trout. Katherine Rodeghier, Dallas News, "Discover Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite’s lesser-known neighbor," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of rainbow trout

1880, in the meaning defined above

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