\ ˈtrau̇t \
plural trout also trouts

Definition of trout

1 : any of various salmonid food and sport fishes that are mostly smaller than the typical salmons and are anadromous or restricted to cool clear fresh water:
a : any of various Old or New World fishes (genera Salmo and Oncorhynchus) — compare brown trout, rainbow trout
2 : any of various fishes (such as the largemouth bass) held to resemble the true trouts

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Spoons, soft plastic jerkbaits and jigs also work for redfish along with a few trout. Mark Blythe,, "Fishing Forecast: June 15, 2018," 20 June 2018 While smoked trout is great in this dip, any canned fish (think sardines, mackerel, or tuna) will work—just make sure it's packed in oil. Lauren Schaefer, Bon Appetit, "Smoked Trout-Avocado Dip," 14 May 2018 After a costly disease outbreak, Apache trout are back. azcentral, "AZ Memo: Gilbert growth brings 7 town projects; ballot-harvesting ban upheld; was your child's coach background checked?," 10 May 2018 From the coast, Captain Bobby Abruscato reports strong winds have made for challenging fishing some days, but when the water is calm enough to get out, keeper-sized trout are very active, and the big bull reds are on the Dixey Bar. Frank Sargeant,, "Friday Fishing Report," 27 Apr. 2018 Of all the sources of discord in Harrisburg, trout usually isn’t one of them. Justine Mcdaniel,, "Pa. fishing on the line in Harrisburg dispute," 6 Mar. 2018 Galveston - Guide Caleb Harp reported trout are best over reefs in East Bay. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: March 2," 1 Mar. 2018 Wild trout aren't necessarily endangered, but some varieties, particularly those native to Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, are threatened by nonnative species and have high levels of contamination from chemicals like PCBs. Emily Main, Good Housekeeping, "10 Healthiest Fish on the Planet," 25 June 2015 The Department of Fish and Wildlife last stocked Lake Hennessey with trout May 20. Tom Stienstra,, "Sunday getaway to Lake Hennessey," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of trout

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trout

Middle English, from Old English trūht, from Late Latin trocta, tructa, a fish with sharp teeth, from Greek trōktēs, literally, gnawer, from trōgein to gnaw — more at troglodyte

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English Language Learners Definition of trout

: a common fish that lives in rivers and lakes and is often used as food

: an unpleasant old woman


\ ˈtrau̇t \
plural trout

Kids Definition of trout

: a freshwater fish related to the salmon that is often caught for food or sport

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