sal·​mo·​nid ˈsa-mə-nid How to pronounce salmonid (audio)
: any of a family (Salmonidae) of elongate bony fishes (such as a salmon or trout) that have the last three vertebrae upturned
salmonid adjective

Examples of salmonid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some Indigenous people who live by fishing and hunting are worried that beaver dams may block the migration of fish like the Dolly Varden, an Arctic salmonid that lives in the ocean for part of its life cycle but spawns and overwinters in tundra streams. Sharon Levy, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Dec. 2022 The species in the Stark, a mile-long river that separates the lodge from Łutsël K’é, is Arctic grayling, a gorgeous salmonid much smaller than lake trout and an absolute blast to catch. David Treuer, Travel + Leisure, 25 Feb. 2023 All salmonid fishing closes when chinook is closed. oregonlive, 18 Apr. 2020 But commercial fishing and the construction of dams over the last two centuries have contributed to the decline of wild salmonids by 95 percent. Priyanka Runwal, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2019 The results of our studies have shown that the system does have potential to assist in migration of salmonids. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 15 Aug. 2019

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Word History


New Latin Salmonidae, from Salmon-, Salmo, genus name, from Latin salmo salmon

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of salmonid was in 1868

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“Salmonid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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