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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.

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.

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. William Muir:

    The current practice of using wild-caught salmon as a food source is not sustainable, our oceans are overfished.

  2. Rich Johnson:

    We will hold these little fish at little White Salmon until around October, when the temperatures cool, then we will move them back to Warm Springs to let them finish maturing there.

  3. Jorge Opaso:

    It seems a little paradoxical, but this is tied directly to the strong rise in the salmon price at the international level.

  4. Aleister Crowley:

    If one had to worry about one's actions in respect of other people's ideas, one might as well be buried alive in an antheap or married to an ambitious violinist. Whether that man is the prime minister, modifying his opinions to catch votes, or a bourgeois in terror lest some harmless act should be misunderstood and outrage some petty convention, that man is an inferior man and I do not want to have anything to do with him any more than I want to eat canned salmon.

  5. Emily Randolph:

    We were returning cod, but the person before us had just returned salmon that had worms in it.

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