grilse

[ grils ]
/ grɪls /

noun, plural grils·es, (especially collectively) grilse.

a young Atlantic salmon as it returns from the sea to fresh water for the first time.

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Origin of grilse

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English grills, grilles (plural); further origin unknown
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British Dictionary definitions for grilse

grilse
/ (ɡrɪls) /

noun plural grilses or grilse

a young salmon that returns to fresh water after one winter in the sea

Word Origin for grilse

C15 grilles (plural), of uncertain origin
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