Origin of smolt

1425–75; late Middle English; perhaps akin to smelt2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for smolt

Historical Examples of smolt

  • They are then called "smolt," and are as adult salmon in all respects save size.


    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


  1. a young salmon at the stage when it migrates from fresh water to the sea

Word Origin for smolt

C14: Scottish, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to smelt ²
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