- a small Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus gorbuscha, distinguished by its small scales and long anal fin and by the bright red spawning coloration of males, occurring from California to Alaska and in waters of Japan: fished commercially and for sport.
Origin of pink salmon
First recorded in 1930–35
Also called humpback salmon.
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- any salmon having pale pink flesh, esp Oncorhynchus gorbuscha, of the Pacific Ocean
- the flesh of such a fish
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