[ al-uh-vuh n ]
/ ˈæl ə vən /

noun Ichthyology.

a fry, especially a salmon, whose yolk is depleted.

Nearby words

  1. aleut,
  2. aleutian,
  3. aleutian current,
  4. aleutian islands,
  5. aleutian range,
  6. alewife,
  7. alex,
  8. alexa,
  9. alexander,
  10. alexander archipelago

Origin of alevin

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for alevin

  • 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


/ (ˈælɪvɪn) /


a young fish, esp a young salmon or trout

Word Origin for alevin

C19: from French, from Old French alever to rear (young), from Latin levāre to raise

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