steelhead

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

Definition of steelhead

: an anadromous rainbow trout

called also steelhead trout

Examples of steelhead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mountain lions and peregrine falcons are commonly seen, and coho and steelhead migrate from the ocean to the creeks. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "When an old dam in Santa Cruz Mountains comes down, coho will be free to swim home again," 28 Apr. 2021 The Molalla has historically been home to salmon and steelhead, but agriculture and urban development have warmed the water and attracted smallmouth from the Willamette River. oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: The outdoors offers relief amid a challenging time," 2 Apr. 2021 The new portion of Kettle Moraine Springs is designed to produce 340,000 yearling steelhead for stocking in April of each year in addition to starting coho salmon, according to the DNR. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kettle Moraine Springs hatchery renovation slated for 2021 start-up," 22 Nov. 2020 Tribal natural resources director Cody Desautel and tribal biologist Chris Fisher claim that removing the dams will help repopulate the region's steelhead, lamprey, and chinook salmon, The Seattle Times reported. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Washington tribe leading renewed effort to end century-old dam," 10 Nov. 2020 The steelhead rolled over, a smoke of blood issuing from its head. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "My Steelhead Addiction," 11 Dec. 2020 The rivers are critical for salmon and steelhead spawning, and the wilderness is beloved for hikes through old-growth forests and spectacular views of Puget Sound and the Cascade Volcanoes. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Boiling Point: These wild lands in California and the West may soon get federal protection," 10 Dec. 2020 In 2018, the Okanogan Public Utility was sued by the Center for Environmental Law and Policy along with the Sierra Club and Columbiana, which alleged the dam was disruptive to Upper Columbia steelhead and Chinook salmon habitats. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Washington tribe leading renewed effort to end century-old dam," 10 Nov. 2020 Kettle Moraine Springs is a cold-water facility and primarily rears coho salmon and steelhead, or rainbow trout, for stocking in Lake Michigan. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kettle Moraine Springs hatchery renovation slated for 2021 start-up," 22 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of steelhead

circa 1882, in the meaning defined above

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5 May 2021

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“Steelhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/steelhead. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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