salmon

A salmon is a big, silver-skinned fish that lives in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Many commercial fishermen catch salmon.

Salmon are born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean, and then return to the place they were born to spawn, or reproduce. Because they move from one place to another, salmon are famous for leaping over dams and against river tides — in fact, one theory about the word salmon says its Latin root is salire, or "to leap." There is also a color known as salmon, the pink-orange hue of a salmon's flesh.

Primary Meanings of salmon

1.
n
any of various large food and game fishes of northern waters; usually migrate from salt to fresh water to spawn
2.
adjn
of orange tinged with pink
a pale pinkish orange color
Full Definitions of salmon
1

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

Types:
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blackfish
female salmon that has recently spawned
redfish
male salmon that has recently spawned
Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar
found in northern coastal Atlantic waters or tributaries; adults do not die after spawning
Oncorhynchus nerka, blueback salmon, red salmon, sockeye, sockeye salmon
small salmon with red flesh; found in rivers and tributaries of the northern Pacific and valued as food; adults die after spawning
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, chinook, chinook salmon, king salmon, quinnat salmon
large Pacific salmon valued as food; adults die after spawning
Oncorhynchus keta, chum, chum salmon
a large Pacific salmon with small spots on its back; an important food fish
Oncorhynchus kisutch, blue jack, coho, coho salmon, cohoe, silver salmon
small salmon of northern Pacific coasts and the Great Lakes
lake salmon, landlocked salmon
Atlantic salmon confined to lakes of New England and southeastern Canada
Type of:
food fish
any fish used for food by human beings
salmonid
soft-finned fishes of cold and temperate waters

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

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Atlantic salmon
fatty pink flesh of fish from northern coastal Atlantic; usually marketed fresh
red salmon, sockeye, sockeye salmon
fatty red flesh of salmon of Pacific coast and rivers
chinook, chinook salmon, king salmon
pink or white flesh of large Pacific salmon
coho, coho salmon, cohoe, silver salmon
fatty pinkish flesh of small salmon caught in the Pacific and Great Lakes
smoked salmon
salmon cured by smoking
kippered salmon
salted and smoked salmon
lox
brine-cured salmon that is lightly smoked
Type of:
fish
the flesh of fish used as food
2

adj of orange tinged with pink

Synonyms:
pink-orange, pinkish-orange
chromatic
being or having or characterized by hue

n a pale pinkish orange color

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