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[sam-uh n] /ˈsæm ən/
noun, plural salmons (especially collectively) salmon for 1–3.
a marine and freshwater food fish, Salmo salar, of the family Salmonidae, having pink flesh, inhabiting waters off the North Atlantic coasts of Europe and North America near the mouths of large rivers, which it enters to spawn.
any of several salmonoid food fishes of the genus Oncorhynchus, inhabiting the North Pacific.
a light yellowish-pink.
of the color salmon.
1200-50; Middle English salmoun, samoun < Anglo-French (Old French saumon) < Latin salmōn-, stem of salmō
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salmonlike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for salmon
  • Here is a savory, warm little pancake made with a bean batter and topped with cream or yogurt and smoked salmon.
  • Before salmon were farmed, supermarkets found the unpredictable supply made it difficult to sell.
  • salmon in all their varieties are a great resource for humanity.
  • Slide a whole salmon fillet onto the grill, along with vegetable skewers.
  • Wild salmon are normally born in freshwater and migrate to the sea.
  • Although farmed salmon is available all year, wild salmon does have a season, and that season is now.
  • salmon and trout are more sensitive to water quality, making land-based systems more expensive.
  • One sockeye salmon fisherman is in deep deep trouble.
  • Crumble crunchy won tons into this twist on a traditional salmon salad for a crisp texture.
  • More than half the salmon eaten these days comes from fish farms.
British Dictionary definitions for salmon


noun (pl) -ons, -on
any soft-finned fish of the family Salmonidae, esp Salmo salar of the Atlantic and Oncorhynchus species (sockeye, Chinook, etc) of the Pacific, which are important food fishes. They occur in cold and temperate waters and many species migrate to fresh water to spawn
(Austral) any of several unrelated fish, esp the Australian salmon
short for salmon pink
Word Origin
C13: from Old French saumon, from Latin salmō; related to Late Latin salar trout
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Word Origin and History for salmon

early 13c., from Anglo-French samoun, Old French salmun (Modern French saumon), from Latin salmonem (nominative salmo) "a salmon," probably originally "leaper," from salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)), though some dismiss this as folk etymology. Another theory traces it to Celtic. Replaced Old English læx, from PIE *lax, the more usual word for the fish (see lox). In reference to a color, from 1786.

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salmon in the Bible

garment, the son of Nashon (Ruth 4:20; Matt. 1:4, 5), possibly the same as Salma in 1 Chr. 2:51.

shady; or Zalmon (q.v.), a hill covered with dark forests, south of Shechem, from which Abimelech and his men gathered wood to burn that city (Judg. 9:48). In Ps. 68:14 the change from war to peace is likened to snow on the dark mountain, as some interpret the expression. Others suppose the words here mean that the bones of the slain left unburied covered the land, so that it seemed to be white as if covered with snow. The reference, however, of the psalm is probably to Josh. 11 and 12. The scattering of the kings and their followers is fitly likened unto the snow-flakes rapidly falling on the dark Salmon. It is the modern Jebel Suleiman.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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