smolt

noun
\ ˈsmōlt How to pronounce smolt (audio) \

Definition of smolt

: a young salmon or sea trout about two years old that is at the stage of development when it assumes the silvery color of the adult and is ready to migrate to the sea

Examples of smolt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each spring, the sockeye smolt swam unimpeded to the sea for the cycle to begin anew. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2021 Each spring, the sockeye smolt swam unimpeded to the sea for the cycle to begin anew. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2021 Staff then released the 580,000 chinook salmon smolt into the creek. Emily Mesner, Anchorage Daily News, 17 June 2021 Just a few miles downstream from the hatchery, anglers have been gathering along the waterway in downtown Anchorage to catch returning adult salmon who left the hatchery as smolt years ago. Emily Mesner, Anchorage Daily News, 17 June 2021 Each spring, the sockeye smolt swam unimpeded to the sea for the cycle to begin anew. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2021 Each spring, the sockeye smolt swam unimpeded to the sea for the cycle to begin anew. Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2021 There, Alaska Department of Fish and Game fish culturists have raised the newest group of king salmon, which started as eggs last July and grew into smolt this spring. Emily Mesner, Anchorage Daily News, 17 June 2021 Now in its 40th year of operation, the hatchery releases about 250 million pink salmon fry and 1.8 million coho smolt each year. Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of smolt

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for smolt

Middle English (Scots)

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Last Updated

22 Oct 2021

Cite this Entry

“Smolt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smolt. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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