The Pacific salmon.
- An example of salmon is a fish found in Pacific and Alaskian waters.
- An example of salmon is the color of cooked shrimp.
Salmon is defined as any of the salmonoid game and food fishes particularly in the genera Oncorhynchus or Salmo, or a pale red, pinkish, yellowish color.
nounpl. -·on or -·ons
- any of several salmonoid food and game fishes (esp. genera Oncorhynchus and Salmo) of the Northern Hemisphere, with silver scales: salmon usually live in salt water and spawn in fresh water
- the yellowish-pink or pale red color of the flesh of this fishalso salmon pink
Origin of salmonMiddle English salmoun from Middle French from Old French saumon from Classical Latin salmo (gen. salmonis) from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
river in central Ida., flowing into the Snake River: 420 mi (676 km)
nounpl. salmon, or salm·ons
- a. Any of various large salmonid food and game fishes of the genera Oncorhynchus and Salmo of northern waters, having pink or red flesh and characteristically swimming from salt to fresh water to spawn.b. The flesh of a salmon, used as food.
- A yellowish pink to light or reddish orange.
Origin of salmonMiddle English samoun from Old French saumon from Latin salmō salmōn-; see sel- in Indo-European roots.
Atlantic salmon smolt
(plural salmon or salmons)
- Having a yellowish pink colour.