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 salmonb : any of various anadromous salmonid fishes other than the salmon; especially : pacific salmonc : a fish (such as a barramundi) resembling a salmon
2 : the variable color of salmon's flesh averaging a strong yellowish pink
Recent Examples of salmon from the Web
Around then, there’s plenty of fish left in the Johnstone Strait salmon runs—whale food, by another name—and the weather has yet to turn cold and rainy.
Expect spring salmon to arrive in the upper river by mid-June.
Great whites are built for speed and belong to the lamnid group, which also includes mako and salmon sharks.
The cakes are filled with savory or sweet fillings such as honey smoked salmon and Sriracha bacon.
In addition to being an all around great-for-you meal, this salmon and veggie foil pack is perfect for backyard or beach barbecues.
The same thing goes for by-products of the salmon industry.
When it was discovered in 1966 that the harmful pesticide DDT was accumulating in salmon flesh — a revelation due in part to the heroic reporting of Don L. Johnson at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the same paper where Egan now works —
Hundreds of wine lovers will mingle with pinot noir producers from around the world in a series of dinners, seminars and tastings, culminating in a fabulous outdoor salmon bake.
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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
Definition of Salmon
river 420 miles (676 kilometers) long in central Idaho flowing into the Snake River
SALMON Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of salmon for Students
: 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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