American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A colorfully spotted trout (Salvelinus malma) of northwest North America and eastern Asia.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman's gown of gay-flowered material, usually a muslin print, made with a pointed bodice and a skirt tucked up or draped over a petticoat of solid color: worn about 1865-70.
- n. A species of trout or char of California, Salvelinus malma.
- n. A large hat with a brim overloaded with flowers, worn at one time by women.
- n. A woman's outfit, briefly fashionable in Britain and America in the late nineteenth century, with a brightly patterned, usually flowered, dress with a polonaise overskirt gathered up and draped over a separate underskirt.
- n. Salvelinus malma malma, a fish in the salmon family.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A character in Dickens's novel “Barnaby Rudge,” a beautiful, lively, and coquettish girl who wore a cherry-colored mantle and cherry-colored ribbons.
- A style of light, bright-figured dress goods for women; also, a style of dress.
- After a lively, coquettish character in Dickens' novel Barnaby Rudge. (Wiktionary)
- After Dolly Varden, a character known for her colorful costume in the novel Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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