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alevin

[al-uh-vuh n] /ˈæl ə vən/
noun, Ichthyology.
1.
a fry, especially a salmon, whose yolk is depleted.
Origin of alevin
1865-1870
1865-70; < French, Old FrenchVulgar Latin *allevamen, equivalent to Latin allevā(re) to lift up, raise (probably in Vulgar Latin: to bring up, rear; al- al- + levāre to raise; see lever) + -men resultative noun suffix; compare Italian dialect alvam calf
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  • The alevin stage is the stage in which the least mortality should be expected, and the little fish give but little trouble.

    Amateur Fish Culture Charles Edward Walker
  • The alevin stage was that in which the fish give least trouble, the stage I am now describing is that in which they give most.

    Amateur Fish Culture Charles Edward Walker
British Dictionary definitions for alevin

alevin

/ˈælɪvɪn/
noun
1.
a young fish, esp a young salmon or trout
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Old French alever to rear (young), from Latin levāre to raise
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