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

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One of the bathrooms has outdated salmon-pink tile. Washington Post, "The ‘good enough’ home may be just perfect," 6 Aug. 2019 The reality star’s former five-story, salmon-pink Charleston pad has hit the market for $1.8 million. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Southern Charm Star Kathryn Dennis' Former Charleston Home Hits the Market for $1.8 Million," 27 June 2019 There will also be a Caribbean Roll ($17), which will be made with plantain, cream cheese, scallions, avocado, smoked salmon, Yuzu Kosho aioli and coco frito. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Roll into these South Florida restaurants for International Sushi Day," 17 June 2019 Unanimously, the highlight of the spring-flavored menu was the steelhead trout, which was prepared to a gorgeous salmon-pink color, surprising some guests at first bite. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, "Welcome to New York! Europe’s Most Promising Designers Gathered for a MatchesFashion.com-Hosted Dinner," 5 Apr. 2019 Serve with pumpernickel bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, chopped fresh chives, and smoked salmon if desired. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Everything Bagel Dip," 21 Dec. 2018 The updated treaty was announced a few days after Washington state authorities took the highly unusual step of closing salmon fishing on a section of the main stem of the Columbia River. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "International 10-year salmon preservation plan advances," 18 Sep. 2018 Over at the pizza station, ingredients will include prosciutto and smoked salmon. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Universal Orlando's Aventura Hotel will include food hall inspired Urban Pantry," 29 June 2018 Bruno and his pals are especially keen on Bergerac sec with trout, smoked salmon, chilled summer soups and crayfish atop a broth of celery, fennel, onions and carrots. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "A French wine mystery: Where's the Bergerac?," 6 June 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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