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[grils] /grɪls/
noun, plural grilses (especially collectively) grilse.
a young Atlantic salmon as it returns from the sea to fresh water for the first time.
Origin of grilse
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English grills, grilles (plural) < ? Unabridged
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  • Those that return after only one year are called grilse.
  • These precocious males are called jacks, chubs or grilse.
British Dictionary definitions for grilse


noun (pl) grilses, grilse
a young salmon that returns to fresh water after one winter in the sea
Word Origin
C15 grilles (plural), of uncertain origin
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