\ ˈtrau̇t How to pronounce trout (audio) \
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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To access riding areas, vehicles must cross Arroyo Grande Creek, a perennial stream that empties into the ocean and supports tidewater goby and steelhead trout, fish that are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. Rosanna Xia,, "Coastal Commission considers fate of off-roading at Oceano Dunes," 11 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 Northern pike, for example, have decimated salmon and trout populations in Southcentral Alaska, and have cost the state and federal government millions of dollars. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Goldfish are thriving in a Midtown Anchorage pond. Alaska wildlife biologists want them gone.," 18 June 2019 Anglers come for the trout, crappies and channel catfish stocked here. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "These Arizona campgrounds will reserve your spot," 17 June 2019 After a main course of River Test trout, lemon cake with elderflower cream and gooseberries was served for dessert., "Kate Middleton Recycles Off-the-Shoulder Gown (and Sports Sparkling Heels!) for Glam Night Out," 12 June 2019 The five-hour trip ended with a busy session at a hot spot for white trout, where the fish were small but eager to bite., "Veterans’ group, coastal guides team on fishing trip," 11 June 2019 The wife’s parents are deer, a grandfather is a fox, and leaping trout, rods, and creels suggest the family’s avocation of fly-fishing. Jorge Arango, House Beautiful, "Can You Spot All the Bunnies in this Cottage?," 22 May 2019 Since then, several species of adult fish, including sockeye salmon and bull trout, have returned to the Elwha. Stefan Lovgren, National Geographic, "Two-thirds of the longest rivers no longer flow freely—and it's harming us," 8 May 2019

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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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The first known use of trout was before the 12th century

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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
British, informal : an unpleasant old woman


\ ˈtrau̇t How to pronounce trout (audio) \
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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