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noun salm·on \ˈsa-mən\

Definition of salmon

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salmon

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salmons

  1. 1a :  a large anadromous salmonid fish (Salmo salar) of the North Atlantic noted as a game and food fish —called also Atlantic salmonb :  any of various anadromous salmonid fishes other than the salmon; especially :  pacific salmonc :  a fish (such as a barramundi) resembling a salmon

  2. 2 :  the variable color of salmon's flesh averaging a strong yellowish pink

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Origin and Etymology of salmon

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


First Known Use: 13th century

Other Fishes Terms


Salmon

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geographical name Salm·on \ˈsa-mən\

Definition of Salmon

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


SALMON Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of salmon for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

salmon

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noun salm·on \ˈsa-mən\

Definition of salmon for Students

  1. :  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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