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humpback salmon

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noun

a pink salmon, Oncorhynchus gorbuscha, inhabiting North Pacific waters: so-called because of the hump that appears behind the head of the male when it is ready for spawning.

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Also called humpy, humpie .

Origin of humpback salmon

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10

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