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salmon

[sam-uh n] /ˈsæm ən/
noun, plural salmons (especially collectively) salmon for 1–3.
1.
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.
3.
any of several salmonoid food fishes of the genus Oncorhynchus, inhabiting the North Pacific.
4.
a light yellowish-pink.
adjective
5.
of the color salmon.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English salmoun, samoun < Anglo-French (Old French saumon) < Latin salmōn-, stem of salmō
Related forms
salmonlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for salmonlike

salmon

/ˈsæmən/
noun (pl) -ons, -on
1.
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
2.
(Austral) any of several unrelated fish, esp the Australian salmon
3.
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 salmonlike

salmon

n.

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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salmonlike 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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