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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Examples of rainbow trout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pair this with a wide range of foods, from spinach quiche to baked rainbow trout. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 The dining room is a maelstrom, everybody taking a second helping of stuffed rainbow trout and waving for a third MSG martini. Pete Wells, New York Times, 13 Dec. 2022 Here anglers can zip out into the open ocean to hunt for king or silver salmon and halibut or venture down quieter streams in search of rainbow trout, sockeye salmon, and more. Bailey Berg, Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2023 Trout stockings kick off cold weather bonanza: The trout trucks have returned this week to the Cleveland Metropark’s lakes to bring some outstanding rainbow trout fishing. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 16 Dec. 2022 As part of the Neighborhood Fishin' program organized by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, rainbow trout are stocked in various freshwater bodies in the state from November through March. Shepard Price, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Nov. 2022 Best Rod Weight for Steelhead and Salmon: 8 Migratory rainbow trout and all the Atlantic and Pacific varieties of salmon are amazingly strong, and even with the appropriate tackle, playing and landing them is an adventure. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, 28 Mar. 2023 The river holds resident populations of brook, brown and rainbow trout, as well as seasonal runs of steelhead, brown trout, coho salmon and chinook salmon. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 28 Aug. 2022 The menu is undeniably Texas with an emphasis on steaks, ribs and rainbow trout. Tamara Gane, Chron, 5 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rainbow trout was in 1880

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“Rainbow trout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rainbow%20trout. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

rainbow trout

: a large trout native to western North America that usually has red or pink stripes with black dots on its sides compare steelhead

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