salmon

noun
salm·​on | \ ˈsa-mən How to pronounce salmon (audio) \
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

Salmon

geographical name
Salm·​on | \ ˈsa-mən How to pronounce Salmon (audio) \

Definition of Salmon (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of salmon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Along the west side of San Juan Island, orcas hunt salmon headed for the Fraser River. The Seattle Times, "How our noise is hurting orcas’ search for salmon," 19 May 2019 Season salmon with ½ tsp each salt and pepper and cook until golden brown and opaque throughout, 3 to 6 minutes per side. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Salmon with Creamy Feta Cucumbers," 29 Apr. 2019 Pro tip: The seafood pastas are favorites here, with the salmon ravioli winning particular praise. David Ferry, SFChronicle.com, "Mavericks legend Jeff Clark’s favorite spots in Half Moon Bay," 10 July 2018 Main seafood dishes include the popular Mediterranean sea bass, chopped salmon salad and fisherman’s salad featuring octopus, calamari and shrimp with mixed greens. Joan Cary, Aurora Beacon-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Basil’s Greek Dining in Aurora," 8 July 2018 Serve with salmon and a charred lemon wedge for squeezing. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Salmon with Creamy Feta Cucumbers," 29 Apr. 2019 Place lettuce, watercress, potatoes, green beans, eggs, radishes, and salmon on a serving platter. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Seared Salmon, Watercress, and Potato Salad With Olive Dressing," 21 Feb. 2019 Her sons supply her with salmon and make wooden platters for food service from maple and fir trees that have been sustainably harvested on the property. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, "Meals at Stowel Lake Farm celebrate its organic vegetable garden, and its intergenerational community," 5 Feb. 2019 Although declining salmon numbers, pollution and noise disturbance pose the most immediate threats to the whales' survival, Millman reports that other factors may be at play. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Pacific Northwest Orca Population Hits 30-Year-Low," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of salmon

Noun

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

History and Etymology for salmon

Noun

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

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salmon

noun

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

salmon

noun
salm·​on | \ ˈsa-mən How to pronounce salmon (audio) \

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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