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

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Blooms from the ranunculus, some from daffodils, an anemone dyed salmon and a broken stem of a blue delphinium pick up the colors and bigger shapes. Lindsey Taylor, WSJ, "A Slightly Surreal Floral Arrangement Inspired by Joan Miró," 22 Feb. 2019 Some of her six employees are recently out of prison, including on a spring day a man washing restaurant windows and a woman cooking salmon and sauteing vegetables. Alison Bowen, chicagotribune.com, "From prison to pioneer: a chef's dream to transform one Chicago corner," 9 July 2018 The menu is very traditional—think smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches, tea cakes, and scones made with Welsh butter. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The 8 Best Places in London for Afternoon Tea," 3 Jan. 2019 Orcas have the most varied diet of any whale, dolphin or porpoise, and can take on prey of all types, from stingrays to salmon, depending on the type of orca. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "What you need to know about the critically endangered southern resident killer whales," 25 Sep. 2018 For the lower lash lines, Haque applies Coastal Scents' Hot Pot shadows in Aurora Orange (a shimmery salmon) and Island Coral (a pinky coral) with a small fluffy brush. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Cloud Eye Makeup: How to Try the Viral Trend Taking Over Instagram," 31 Aug. 2018 Reduce oven temperature to 300°. Drizzle salmon lightly with oil; season all over with salt. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Sheet Pan Salmon and Squash with Miso Mojo," 19 Mar. 2018 The savory lineup also includes a smoked salmon and artichoke version with a gravlax sauce; chicken and herbs with arugula and balsamic sauce; and a sunny tomato and mozzarella model stuffed with fresh basil leaves and glossed with pesto. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: Café Poêtes in Montrose," 22 Feb. 2018 Bernhardt challenged protections for endangered salmon on behalf of California’s Westlands Water District. Jennifer A. Dlouhy, The Seattle Times, "Zinke’s departure puts Interior in hands of former oil lobbyist," 17 Dec. 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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