steel·​head ˈstēl-ˌhed How to pronounce steelhead (audio)
plural steelhead also steelheads
: an anadromous rainbow trout

called also steelhead trout

Examples of steelhead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Few area residents would ever guess that another culture thrived here for thousands of years amid a landscape of oak and walnut woodlands riven with waterways teeming with steelhead trout and prowled by wolves and grizzly bears. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2023 Reforesting by tribal members will help stabilize the banks of the waterways, reducing the sediment load and reviving the streams and the runs of salmon and steelhead trout that Mr. McCovey says are central to the tribe’s traditional diet. Jim Robbins Ian C. Bates, New York Times, 15 Aug. 2023 Congress provides millions to rescue popular animals such as Pacific salmon and steelhead trout while many species get a few thousand dollars annually. John Flesher, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Aug. 2023 Replenish at its restaurant with duck breast or steelhead trout. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 27 June 2023 Egan has been especially active in the promotion and protection of Lake Erie’s world-class walleye fishing, including its environmental issues, and the creation of an exceptional steelhead trout fishery in Northeast Ohio. Staff Reports, cleveland, 28 July 2023 Want a specific body curvature in your steelhead instead of a plain old side profile? Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 10 Apr. 2023 Courtesy image The pristine wilderness has elk, deer, bighorn sheep, wolves, mountain lions, and black bear, and the river has steelhead, salmon, and trout. The Week Staff, The Week, 19 Aug. 2023 After two decades of planning, workers finished removing them in 2014, opening about 70 miles (113 kilometers) of habitat for salmon and steelhead. Adam Beam, Fortune, 31 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of steelhead was circa 1882

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“Steelhead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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steel·​head ˈstē(ə)l-ˌhed How to pronounce steelhead (audio)
plural steelhead also steelheads
: a rainbow trout that migrates to the sea to mature and returns to rivers to breed

called also steelhead trout

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