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[al-uh-vuh n] /ˈæl ə vən/
noun, Ichthyology.
a fry, especially a salmon, whose yolk is depleted.
Origin of alevin
1865-70; < French, Old FrenchVulgar Latin *allevamen, equivalent to Latin allevā(re) to lift up, raise (probably in Vulgar Latin: to bring up, rear; al- al- + levāre to raise; see lever) + -men resultative noun suffix; compare Italian dialect alvam calf Unabridged
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  • The alevin stage was that in which the fish give least trouble, the stage I am now describing is that in which they give most.

    Amateur Fish Culture Charles Edward Walker
  • The alevin stage is the stage in which the least mortality should be expected, and the little fish give but little trouble.

    Amateur Fish Culture Charles Edward Walker
British Dictionary definitions for alevin


a young fish, esp a young salmon or trout
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Old French alever to rear (young), from Latin levāre to raise
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