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[sam-uh n] /ˈsæm ən/
noun, plural salmons (especially collectively) salmon for 1–3.
a marine and freshwater food fish, Salmo salar, of the family Salmonidae, having pink flesh, inhabiting waters off the North Atlantic coasts of Europe and North America near the mouths of large rivers, which it enters to spawn.
any of several salmonoid food fishes of the genus Oncorhynchus, inhabiting the North Pacific.
a light yellowish-pink.
of the color salmon.
Origin of salmon
1200-50; Middle English salmoun, samoun < Anglo-French (Old French saumon) < Latin salmōn-, stem of salmō
Related forms
salmonlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • We purchased five of them and a couple of salmon for a box of gun-caps and a little tobacco.

    Travels in Alaska John Muir
  • The otter went into the water and came back to the rock with a catch of salmon.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • The spirits of trout and salmon and bass and walleye and sunfish and pike, all the fish of lakes and streams that fed his people.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • The piranha, called also the caribe, is a kind of salmon (Tetragonopterus).

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • The Indian has only caught one salmon, and he said if they did not come pretty soon his people would die.

British Dictionary definitions for salmon


noun (pl) -ons, -on
any soft-finned fish of the family Salmonidae, esp Salmo salar of the Atlantic and Oncorhynchus species (sockeye, Chinook, etc) of the Pacific, which are important food fishes. They occur in cold and temperate waters and many species migrate to fresh water to spawn
(Austral) any of several unrelated fish, esp the Australian salmon
short for salmon pink
Word Origin
C13: from Old French saumon, from Latin salmō; related to Late Latin salar trout
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Word Origin and History for salmon

early 13c., from Anglo-French samoun, Old French salmun (Modern French saumon), from Latin salmonem (nominative salmo) "a salmon," probably originally "leaper," from salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)), though some dismiss this as folk etymology. Another theory traces it to Celtic. Replaced Old English læx, from PIE *lax, the more usual word for the fish (see lox). In reference to a color, from 1786.

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