[uh-nad-ruh-muh s]


(of fish) migrating from salt water to spawn in fresh water, as salmon of the genera Salmo and Oncorhynchus (distinguished from catadromous).

Nearby words

  1. anadenia,
  2. anadicrotic,
  3. anadicrotism,
  4. anadiplosis,
  5. anadrenalism,
  6. anadyr,
  7. anadyr range,
  8. anaemia,
  9. anaemic,
  10. anaerobe

Origin of anadromous

First recorded in 1745–55, anadromous is from the Greek word anádromos running upward. See ana-, -drome, -ous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anadromous



(of fishes such as the salmon) migrating up rivers from the sea in order to breedCompare catadromous

Word Origin for anadromous

C18: from Greek anadromos running upwards, from ana- + dromos a running

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Word Origin and History for anadromous



of fish, "ascending a river to spawn" (as salmon do), 1753, from Latinized form of Greek anadromos "running upward," from ana "up, back" (see ana-) + dramein "to run" (see dromedary).

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Science definitions for anadromous



Relating to fish, such as salmon or shad, that migrate up rivers from the sea to breed in fresh water.
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