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 resort was cited for 15 health code violations last year, among them for salmon being served without proper parasite destruction and an ice machine accumulating a black/green mold-like substance. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "'America First?' Not when it comes to hiring foreign workers for Trump's Mar-a-Lago," 10 July 2018 It was filled with salmon, tuna, avocado and cucumber, topped with spicy tuna and draped in spicy mayonnaise. Courtney Dabney, star-telegram, "Fort Worth’s first Zenna knows its Thai and Japanese niche | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 May 2018 Their migration pattern follows that of the Chinook salmon, Millman notes, but has become more erratic with changes in the salmon population. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Pacific Northwest Orca Population Hits 30-Year-Low," 10 July 2018 The salmon was harvested by the state and delivered by the feds. Anna Rose Macarthur, Anchorage Daily News, "Far from Anchorage where Cassandra Tinker was killed, a family cuts fish and grieves," 10 July 2018 The changing sounds allow the listener to visualize how the salmon are migrating. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Symphony of the salmon: How scientists are learning by putting fish migration to music," 9 July 2018 Drizzle the remaining herb oil over the salmon and potatoes. Karoline Boehm Goodnick,, "Recipe: On the Fourth, salmon with herb oil and smashed whole potatoes are on the grill," 2 July 2018 The kombucha is followed quickly by Kir Breton, a white chocolate ball filled with the ice-cold ingredients of the cocktail that has become a signature, like the salmon tartare cones at French Laundry or the uni toast at Saison. Michael Bauer,, "Atelier Crenn: SF’s newest 4-star restaurant," 29 June 2018 The addition of tarragon which has notes of anise, along with the lemony essence of thyme, compliment the salmon beautifully. Jose Cuadros,, "Healthy family recipe: Salmon en papillote," 29 June 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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