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chum salmon

a Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus keta, occurring from southern California to Alaska and off the coasts of Japan and Korea, fished commercially and for sport.
Also called chum, dog salmon, keta.
Origin of chum salmon
1905-10; chum < Chinook Jargon cam mixed colors, spotted, striped < Lower Chinook c'ə́m(·) variegated Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It perches over a small pool, then lunges with both paws and comes up with a plump three-foot chum salmon.
  • Resident orcas, researchers found, eat chinook and chum salmon.
  • Also, the quality of chum salmon caught in the coastal area is poor.

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