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grilse

[grils] /grɪls/
noun, plural grilses (especially collectively) grilse.
1.
a young Atlantic salmon as it returns from the sea to fresh water for the first time.
Origin of grilse
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English grills, grilles (plural) < ?
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Examples from the Web for grilse
Historical Examples
  • The grilse rose sharply at the lure, but I “struck” too late.

    Creatures of the Night Alfred W. Rees
  • Delightful it is to have the fish fighting all the time as only a grilse will.

    Lines in Pleasant Places

    William Senior
  • Here was the winch, after much service, accounting for a grilse in Norway!

    Lines in Pleasant Places

    William Senior
  • This must have a considerable effect on the future supply of grilse in the Tweed.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • My perseverance was rewarded, and I managed to secure three grilse.

    Chats on Angling H. V. Hart-Davis
  • The same fall they return as "grilse," weighing from three to five pounds.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • All my line had been taken out, the gut collar had been snapped, and the fly had undoubtedly been carried off by the grilse.

    Creatures of the Night Alfred W. Rees
  • I then stopped, and, lengthening my line at each successive “throw,” sent my fly nearer and still nearer to the grilse.

    Creatures of the Night Alfred W. Rees
  • His fins became smaller in proportion to his bulk, and he was no longer a grilse, but a salmon.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Up the front of this column the grilse presently flung himself, striking the water about a foot from the top.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for grilse

grilse

/ɡrɪls/
noun (pl) grilses, grilse
1.
a young salmon that returns to fresh water after one winter in the sea
Word Origin
C15 grilles (plural), of uncertain origin
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