What does salmon mean?

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ˈsæm ənsalmon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. salmonnoun

    any of various large food and game fishes of northern waters; usually migrate from salt to fresh water to spawn

  2. Salmon, Salmon Rivernoun

    a tributary of the Snake River in Idaho

  3. salmonnoun

    flesh of any of various marine or freshwater fish of the family Salmonidae

  4. salmonadjective

    a pale pinkish orange color

  5. pink-orange, pinkish-orange, salmonadjective

    of orange tinged with pink


  1. salmonnoun

    One of several species of fish of the Salmonidae family.

  2. salmonadjective

    Having a yellowish pink colour.

  3. Salmonnoun

    English surname

  4. Etymology: From samon, from saumon, from saumon, from salmo. Displaced native lax, from leax.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SALMONnoun

    The salmon is accounted the king of fresh-water fish, and is bred in rivers relating to the sea, yet so far from it as admits no tincture of brackishness. He is said to breed or cast his spawn in most rivers in the month of August: some say that then they dig a hole in a safe place in the gravel, and there place their eggs or spawn, after the melter has done his natural office, and then cover it over with gravel and stones, and so leave it to their Creator’s protection; who, by a gentle heat which he infuses into that cold element, makes it brood and beget life in the spawn, and to become samlets early in the Spring: having spent their appointed time, and done this natural duty in the fresh waters, they haste to the sea before Winter, both the melter and spawner. Francis Bacon observes the age of a salmon exceeds not ten years: his growth is very sudden, so that after he is got into the sea he becomes from a samlet, not so big as a gudgeon, to be a salmon, in as short a time as a gosling becomes a goose. Izaak Walton Angler.

    Etymology: salmo, Latin; saûmon, French.

    They poke them with an instrument somewhat like the salmon spear. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwal.

    They take salmon and trouts by groping and tickling them under the bellies in the pools, where they hover, and so throw them on land. Carew.

    Of fishes, you find in arms the whale, dolphin, salmon and trout. Henry Peacham.


  1. Salmon

    Salmon () is the common name for several commercially important species of euryhaline ray-finned fish from the family Salmonidae, which are native to tributaries of the North Atlantic (genus Salmo) and North Pacific (genus Oncorhynchus) basin. Other closely related fish in the same family include trout, char, grayling, whitefish, lenok and taimen. Salmon are typically anadromous: they hatch in the gravel beds of shallow fresh water streams, migrate to the ocean as adults and live like sea fish, then return to fresh water to reproduce. However, populations of several species are restricted to fresh water throughout their lives. Folklore has it that the fish return to the exact spot where they hatched to spawn, and tracking studies have shown this to be mostly true. A portion of a returning salmon run may stray and spawn in different freshwater systems; the percent of straying depends on the species of salmon. Homing behavior has been shown to depend on olfactory memory.Salmon are important food fish and are intensively farmed in many parts of the world, with Norway being the world's largest producer of farmed salmon, followed by Chile. They are also highly prized game fish for recreational fishing, by both freshwater and saltwater anglers. Many species of salmon have since been introduced and naturalized into non-native environments such as the Great Lakes of North America, Patagonia in South America and South Island of New Zealand.


  1. salmon

    Salmon is a type of fish that is typically pink or red in color with numerous species found in the North Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. They are known for their ability to migrate from freshwater streams where they hatch to the ocean, and return back to their original hatching ground to spawn and die. Their meat, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids and protein, is considered a delicacy and widely consumed around the world. They also play a key role in various ecosystems and many indigenous cultures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Salmon

    of Salmon

  2. Salmon

    any one of several species of fishes of the genus Salmo and allied genera. The common salmon (Salmo salar) of Northern Europe and Eastern North America, and the California salmon, or quinnat, are the most important species. They are extensively preserved for food. See Quinnat

  3. Salmon

    a reddish yellow or orange color, like the flesh of the salmon

  4. Salmonadjective

    of a reddish yellow or orange color, like that of the flesh of the salmon

  5. Etymology: [OE. saumoun, salmon, F. saumon, fr. L. salmo, salmonis, perhaps from salire to leap. Cf. Sally, v.]


  1. Salmon

    Salmon is the common name for several species of fish in the family Salmonidae. Several other fish in the same family are called trout; the difference is often said to be that salmon migrate and trout are resident, but this distinction does not strictly hold true. Salmon live along the coasts of both the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and have also been introduced into the Great Lakes of North America. Salmon are intensively produced in aquaculture in many parts of the world. Typically, salmon are anadromous: they are born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean, then return to fresh water to reproduce. However, populations of several species are restricted to fresh water through their lives. Folklore has it that the fish return to the exact spot where they were born to spawn; tracking studies have shown this to be true, and this homing behavior has been shown to depend on olfactory memory.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Salmon

    sam′un, n. a large fish, brownish above, with silvery sides, the delicate flesh reddish-orange in colour—ascending rivers to spawn: the upper bricks in a kiln which receive the least heat.—ns. Sal′mō, the leading genus of Salmonidæ; Salm′on-col′our, an orange-pink; Salm′onet, a young salmon; Salm′on-fish′ery, a place where salmon-fishing is carried on; Salm′on-fly, any kind of artificial fly for taking salmon; Salm′on-fry, salmon under two years old; Salm′oning, the salmon industry, as canning; Salm′on-kill′er, a sort of stickleback; Salm′on-leap, -ladd′er, a series of steps to permit a salmon to pass up-stream.—adj. Salm′onoid.—ns. Salm′on-peal, -peel, a grilse under 2 lb.; Salm′on-spear, an instrument used in spearing salmon; Salm′on-spring, a smolt or young salmon of the first year; Salm′on-tack′le, the rod, line, and fly with which salmon are taken; Salm′on-trout, a trout like the salmon, but smaller and thicker in proportion; Salm′on-weir, a weir specially designed to take salmon.—Black salmon, the great lake trout; Burnett salmon, a fish with reddish flesh like a salmon; Calvered salmon, pickled salmon; Cornish salmon, the pollack; Kelp salmon, a serranoid fish; Kippered Salmon, salmon salted and smoke-dried; Quoddy salmon, the pollack; Sea salmon, the pollack; White salmon, a carangoid Californian fish. [O. Fr. saulmon—L. salmo, from salīre, to leap.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Salmon

    Fish of the genera ONCORHYNCHUS and Salmo in the family SALMONIDAE. They are anadromous game fish, frequenting the coastal waters of both the North Atlantic and Pacific. They are known for their gameness as a sport fish and for the quality of their flesh as a table fish. (Webster, 3d ed).

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. salmon

    The well-known fish, Salmo salar. It is partly oceanic and partly fluviatile, ascending rivers in the breeding season.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Salmon is ranked #2486 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Salmon surname appeared 14,511 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname Salmon.

    69.3% or 10,066 total occurrences were White.
    17.1% or 2,492 total occurrences were Black.
    9.4% or 1,371 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 299 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 213 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 68 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'salmon' in Nouns Frequency: #2550

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of salmon in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of salmon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of salmon in a Sentence

  1. Native American:

    We know what the animals do, what are the needs of the beaver, the bear, the salmon, and other creatures, because long ago men married them and acquired this knowledge from their animal wives. Today the priests say we lie, but we know better.

  2. Michael Milstein:

    They have been overestimating returning salmon numbers and underestimating the number caught, that has further complicated the picture. Since the models are based on past experience, they struggle with conditions we have not seen before.

  3. Candice Rusch:

    Fat Bear Week gives us a chance to have a little fun, fat Bear Week lets us celebrate the fact that the salmon run was healthy enough to get the bears( to) their peak fat state. And who doesn't love how adorable the bears are as they round out in the fall ?

  4. Kaleigh McMordie:

    Salmon and other fatty fish are high in both omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, both of which can improve sleep quality by promoting serotonin production. In one study, men who ate salmon three times a week fell asleep faster and reported better daily functioning than those who ate chicken, beef, or pork.

  5. Alexandra Miller:

    This consists primarily of lean protein, such as salmon or flank steak, and non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, green beans or cauliflower.

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