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smolt

[smohlt] /smoʊlt/
noun
1.
a young, silvery salmon in the stage of its first migration to the sea.
Origin of smolt
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; perhaps akin to smelt2
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Examples from the Web for smolt
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  • They are then called "smolt," and are as adult salmon in all respects save size.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • In about fifteen months it loses these marks and becomes quite silvery, being now known as a smolt.

    Amateur Fish Culture Charles Edward Walker
  • Shortly after assuming the smolt dress, the young salmon takes its departure to the sea.

    Amateur Fish Culture Charles Edward Walker
British Dictionary definitions for smolt

smolt

/sməʊlt/
noun
1.
a young salmon at the stage when it migrates from fresh water to the sea
Word Origin
C14: Scottish, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to smelt²
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