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

Definition of salmon

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

Examples of salmon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some whale advocates have long looked with concern to Southeast Alaska harvests of the salmon. Hal Bernton, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Aug. 2022 Each applesauce pouch delivers 160 mg of omega-3 DHA/EPA (the same amount as in a child-size serving of salmon) and 120 mg of choline (the same amount as in 2 cups of broccoli). Good Housekeeping, 28 June 2022 However, the 2022 season could still face restrictions to protect another run of salmon. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Mar. 2022 My go to meal lately is salmon, broccoli, and rice. Emily Abbate, Men's Health, 27 July 2022 That leaves a gap of roughly 8 million salmon between the available harvest and what processors expect to buy. Corinne Smith, Anchorage Daily News, 14 July 2022 By definition, lox is salmon that has been packed and cured in salt. Alexis Benveniste, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2022 Wriggling through the open air with all the ferocity of a running back at crunch time was a lone salmon, leaping upstream in a valiant effort to spawn. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 24 June 2021 Oregon and Washington biologists approved recreational salmon and steelhead fishing from Thursday through the end of July from the dam downriver to the Astoria-Megler Bridge. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 13 July 2022 See More

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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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“Salmon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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

Salmon geographical name

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

Definition of Salmon

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

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