Smolt meaning

smōlt
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A young salmon when it first leaves fresh water and descends to the sea.
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(UK dialectal) Bright; serene.
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(UK dialectal, of weather) Calm; fine; fair.
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(UK dialectal) Smooth and shining.
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A young salmon two or three years old, when it has acquired its silvery color.
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A young salmon when it becomes covered with silvery scales and first migrates from fresh water to the sea.
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To become a smolt.
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Origin of smolt

  • Middle English from Medieval Latin smoltus probably of Old English origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English smolt, smylt, from Old English smolt, smeolt (“mild, peaceful, serene, still, gentle, clear, bright"), from Proto-Indo-European *smultaz, *smeltaz (“quiet, gentle"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meld- (“to beat, grind, crush, make weak"). Cognate with Scots smolt (“calm"), Old Saxon smultro (“quiet"), Middle Dutch smolt, smout (“weak, gentle, quiet"), Middle High German smolz (“dear, lovely, beautiful, sheen").

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably an alteration of smelt, due to smolt (“smooth"). See above.

    From Wiktionary