steel·​head | \ ˈstēl-ˌhed How to pronounce steelhead (audio) \
plural steelhead also steelheads

Definition of steelhead

: an anadromous rainbow trout

called also steelhead trout

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Billions of dollars have been spent in Idaho, Oregon and Washington to save 13 species of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead protected under the Endangered Species Act. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 Eick marinated steelhead trout in tomato oil, soy sauce and sudachi (a Japanese citrus). Michael Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chef’s guidance in foraging leads the way to tasty culinary discoveries," 25 June 2019 In the Columbia River Basin in the Pacific Northwest, for example, salmon and steelhead have lost access to about 40 percent of their historic habitat because of dams. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Hydropower, explained," 13 May 2019 The fishing action had been good in recent days, Fox said, including a mix of chinook salmon, coho salmon and rainbow trout, also called steelhead. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Lake Michigan charter outing provides fresh fish and perspectives," 15 June 2019 The salmon and steelhead are all filleted and sold at the market. Corey Arnold, National Geographic, "Why wild salmon remains king in the Pacific Northwest," 27 Mar. 2019 Unanimously, the highlight of the spring-flavored menu was the steelhead trout, which was prepared to a gorgeous salmon-pink color, surprising some guests at first bite. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, "Welcome to New York! Europe’s Most Promising Designers Gathered for a Dinner," 5 Apr. 2019 Her family is in the seafood business, so her dad arranged to fly in Pacific steelhead, which was served with crispy sage, puttanesca, summer beans, and yellow pepper dressing. Ryan Ray, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Bride Found Her Gown One Month Before Her Absolutely Stunning Vineyard Wedding," 2 Apr. 2019 Research has shown that the whales will eat other fish — chum, coho, steelhead, halibut and lingcod. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Struggling orcas heavily rely on urban chinook from Seattle-area rivers, new analysis shows," 24 July 2018

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First Known Use of steelhead

circa 1882, in the meaning defined above

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