[ smohlt ]
/ smoʊlt /


a young, silvery salmon in the stage of its first migration to the sea.

Nearby words

  1. smoky topaz,
  2. smolder,
  3. smolensk,
  4. smollett,
  5. smollett, tobias george,
  6. smooch,
  7. smoochy,
  8. smoodge,
  9. smoosh,
  10. smooth

Origin of smolt

1425–75; late Middle English; perhaps akin to smelt2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for smolt

  • In about fifteen months it loses these marks and becomes quite silvery, being now known as a smolt.

    Amateur Fish Culture|Charles Edward Walker
  • They are then called "smolt," and are as adult salmon in all respects save size.

    Alaska|Ella Higginson
  • 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


/ (sməʊlt) /


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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