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smolt

[ smohlt ]

noun

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


smolt

/ sməʊlt /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of smolt1

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English; perhaps akin to smelt 2
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Word History and Origins

Origin of smolt1

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

A late sea-going smolt explains the anomaly of a spring salmon.

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

Shortly after assuming the smolt dress, the young salmon takes its departure to the sea.

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

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