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[smohlt] /smoʊlt/
a young, silvery salmon in the stage of its first migration to the sea.
Origin of smolt
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; perhaps akin to smelt2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for smolt
  • Effect of smolt length at release on adult returns of hatchery-reared winter steelhead.
  • Steelhead exhibit great variation in smolt age and ocean age both within and between populations, but there are some trends.
  • It also describes the results of first year smolt monitoring under the index watershed monitoring program.
  • Due to their faster growth, hatchery steelhead smolt at one year of age.
  • Adults were isolated from the smolt production facilities in this manner to manage potential fish health concerns.
  • Summary of potential sockeye salmon smolt production using four approaches and a range of conditions.
  • Coho salmon smolt production from constructed and natural floodplain habitats.
British Dictionary definitions for smolt


a young salmon at the stage when it migrates from fresh water to the sea
Word Origin
C14: Scottish, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to smelt²
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