salm·​on | \ ˈsa-mən \
plural salmon also salmons

Definition of salmon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a large anadromous salmonid fish (Salmo salar) of the North Atlantic noted as a game and food fish

called also Atlantic salmon

b : any of various anadromous salmonid fishes other than the salmon especially : pacific salmon
c : a fish (such as a barramundi) resembling a salmon
2 : the variable color of salmon's flesh averaging a strong yellowish pink


geographical name
Salm·​on | \ ˈsa-mən \

Definition of Salmon (Entry 2 of 2)

river 420 miles (676 kilometers) long in central Idaho flowing into the Snake River

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The Center for Whale Research in Washington state said the whales have been struggling due to lack of salmon, and J35’s calf died after birth on July 24. Madeline Fish, Fox News, "Orca that carried dead, decomposing calf for weeks now returns to fun with friends," 12 Aug. 2018 Well over a million pounds of salmon have crossed her gunwales. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "At Bristol Bay, there’s a changing of the guard at the boatyard," 7 July 2018 The number of salmon in the refuge is minimal due to the small pipe, which is about 5 feet wide. Andrew Theen,, "Springwater Corridor closure will divert cyclists onto city streets, help salmon habitat," 5 June 2018 The Bildas, Beauchamp and Newman also all work together to come up with various specials to keep things fresh, such as a recent offering of salmon with roasted tomatoes, and artichokes and garlic mussels in a white wine sauce. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bilda's Friess Lake Pub builds family atmosphere in Hubertus," 8 May 2018 Spillway debris also killed tens of thousands of juvenile salmon at the Feather River hatchery below the dam. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "A million salmon were released into the Sacramento River. So why are anglers unhappy? | The Sacramento Bee," 2 May 2018 Spoon 1/3 cup walnut mixture over each fillet; gently press mixture into surface of salmon. Atlanta Life, ajc, "7 Day Menu Planner," 30 Mar. 2018 One woman, whose full name and neighborhood were listed, ordered a salmon and red lipstick. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "From Dove to Bumble, more companies are enlisting “real people” to market their products.," 18 Oct. 2018 Rather than topping your crostini with bruschetta that can easily topple onto your guest or your floor, top it with something easy to pick up such as smoked salmon and fresh mozzarella. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Celebrity Event Planner’s Secrets for the Best Holiday Party Ever," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of salmon


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for salmon


Middle English samon, from Anglo-French salmon, samon, from Latin salmon-, salmo

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English Language Learners Definition of salmon

: a large fish that is born in streams but that lives most of its life in the ocean and that is commonly used for food


salm·​on | \ ˈsa-mən \

Kids Definition of salmon

: a fish with reddish or pinkish flesh that is often caught for sport or food and lives most of its life in the ocean but swims up rivers or streams as an adult to deposit or fertilize eggs

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