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fish ladder

a series of ascending pools constructed to enable salmon or other fish to swim upstream around or over a dam.
Origin of fish ladder
1860-65, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There's more good water—two miles of it—to the east, and all it needed was a fish-ladder around Scaur Falls.

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for fish-ladder

fish ladder

a row of ascending pools or weirs connected by short falls to allow fish to pass barrages or dams
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